Thaksin’s high hopes

While he may not have left Thailand on the best terms, Thaksin Shinawatra seems determined to bounce back – and in a big way. The new Manchester City owner has gone public with his hopes for his new club, announcing that he expects former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson to take City into the top ten this season.

“I accept the first year is a learning curve but we should start to be successful by the third,” Shinawatra told the Manchester Evening News. “That is what I would expect.”

Eriksson, in contrast, has kept relatively mum on the subject of his goals for the team despite spending £40 million headhunting for talent. City looks poised to follow up on its signings of Elano and Valeri Bojinov by welcoming in several new players in the next “three or four days.”

According to Eriksson’s stated plans for the team, it is likely that his next acquisitions will be of the defensive variety, probably a full-back and a keeper. While the Swede has refused to directly discuss the subject, he says that his latest purchases should be complete by the middle of next week.