Date: 10th February 2009 at 8:51am
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Straight off the bat, and something that I did not think I would hear myself say, I would say thank you very much!

The Telegraph, Mirror, Mail, Independent and Sun are all running stories, varying in their content and how much the former England manager is backed, but all say Sven Goran Eriksson is heavily favoured by senior players and is the one that Sacha Gaydamak wants for the job…

Some ‘reports’ say that it was player power that finally saw Tony Adams sacked, as a players revolt, with confidence finally lost in him cost him his job. It is also claimed, to varying degrees in most reports, that it is canvassed opinions that have made the Swede the no.1 target?

He is under pressure with Mexico, and should they lose to the USA then he is almost certain to be sacked – the thought is that he will not walk out before this game as he could be lynched! Other trails of thought are that Pompey would allow him to job share! Carry on managing Mexico and work with Pompey too – not likely for me.

He has a home in London, so it is feasible; although a few other snippets suggest that Chelski would be the option he goes for, but most ‘reports’ do suggest that he is interested in the Pompey job? What the papers say, and what is true are not always, well often, not the case – but a lot of papers are backing him, so maybe.

Either way I think, and this does not take a brain surgeon to work out, his wage demands and the fact that he will have little or no money in the summer could be the major sticking point. ‘Not being good enough’ is probably something that would not be a factor, those mentioned would. He has worked with several of the players with England so you never know…

Whereas The Irish Times, Irish Independent and The Guardian are backing Avram Grant to be given the job – although a ‘short-term’ role with Chelski until the summer, as incredibly unlikely as a return to the capital after his treatment last time would seem, it is a distinct possibility.

The suggestion with many of the reports backing Eriksson is that thought to be ‘front runners’ Grant and Alan Curbishley are not the top targets of Gaydamak following these ‘apparent’ consultations with seniors players and ‘board members’…

Whoever comes in is wanted in place by the weekend, and most reports do expect this whoever it might be – the sacking of Big Phil yesterday threw a spanner in the works and was not something that Pompey, or most others, would have been expecting, but the sooner we do get something sorted the better and ‘if’ we can get Eriksson, and how realistic it is financially that we could get him I do not know, that is who I would want in place to be honest over the other names mentioned.

Others being most strongly linked are Graeme Souness and Gerard Houllier.

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