Eriksson receives City backing
Man City boss Sven Goran Eriksson enjoys the full backing of his squad, according to Michael Ball.
By Peter Fraser
Last Updated: 28/04/08 4:38pm
Manchester City manager Sven Goran Eriksson enjoys the full backing of his squad, according to defender Michael Ball.
Eriksson's future at Eastlands has been cast into doubt following a slump in form since the turn of the year, which has seen City drop out of the reckoning for a place in Europe.
City were being touted as possible candidates for a place in next season's UEFA Champions League following a blistering start to life under Eriksson, who took up the reins in July last year, but a run of six wins in 19 games in all competitions in 2008 has heaped pressure on the Swede.
Eriksson held talks with City owner Thaksin Shinawatra over the weekend and it is believed his position at the club was discussed, but Ball is adamant that the former England boss has the full support of his squad.
"Every player is 100 per cent behind him (Eriksson). We like his methods, the way he trains, the way he goes about his tactics," said Ball.
"If the club wants to go forward we have got to keep the coaching staff and obviously add a few more players."
City's latest defeat came as they threw away a two-goal lead at home to relegation-threatened Fulham to lose 3-2 at the weekend and Ball confesses that a failure to secure victories has become a trademark in recent months.
"We wanted to finish at home on a high, but the game typified our season," he added.
"We started really well, but in the second half of the season we could not get over the line and kill games off.
"We've let teams get back in, and the way we played against Fulham reflected the season. With more hard work we could have finished it off and we've only got ourselves to blame.
"Maybe we thought we could get away without doing the dirty work."