2008 04 29

Oasis star Noel Gallagher tells BBC Radio Five Live that Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra is "a nutcase" and "living in cloud cuckoo land" if he thinks sacking manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is a good idea.

In a matter of months Sven Goran Eriksson has gone from managerial genius and dead cert for my Bizarre Lord title to the verge of the sack.

The Sun revealed yesterday how Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra is plotting to axe the ex-England boss at the end of the season.

But current Bizarre Lord and Man City fan Noel Gallagher has launched the Save Our Sven campaign — and I’m right behind him.

The Oasis legend said: “Shinawatra has come in and I think he is a bit of a nutcase. If he gets rid of Sven after the best season we’ve had in living memory, it’s ridiculous, ludicrous.

“He obviously doesn’t know a great deal about football if he gets rid of Eriksson. The only thing that will get him off the hook now is if he has JOSE MOURINHO lined up.

“Shinawatra is living in cloud cuckoo land and if I saw Sven in the street, I’d give him a big kiss and say, ‘You know what, you take him to the cleaners’.”

Noel was so angry about The Sun’s story he phoned BBC Radio Five Live to vent his feelings.

And he added: “Any manager worth his salt won’t take interference from the owner and if he wants to buy players, then that’s wrong.

“City fans don’t want Ronaldinho anyway. If he won’t pull his finger out at Barcelona, he’s not going to do it at West Brom away next season is he?

“I’d be amazed and equally appalled if I met a City fan that felt that getting rid of Eriksson would be a good thing. We all love him.

“He has given the City fans pride. The minute’s silence for the Munich air crash at Old Trafford was a reflection of his personality. He is a graceful, dignified man and that summed it up.

“The style of football is fantastic but if Shinawatra comes in and thinks he is going to get Champions League football straight away, he’s tripping!”

I’m with Noel. The Premier League without the hotel-dwelling Swede will be a much duller place.

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