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By ESPN Staff
Apr 16, 2008

Eriksson future to be decided in summer - Thaksin

DUBAI, April 16 (Reuters) - Manchester City owner and chairman Thaksin Shinawatra has no immediate plans to fire coach Sven-Goran Eriksson but will assess the Swede's performance at the end of the season.

Asked by reporters in Dubai on Wednesday whether Eriksson's job at the Premier League club was in jeopardy, Thaksin said: 'There are no plans at the moment. We will have to evaluate at the end of the season.'

British newspapers have reported that Thaksin, a billionaire former Thai prime minister who bought City last year, was unhappy with the former England manager and was in talks to replace him with Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Manchester City made a strong start to the season but have slipped to eighth in the standings.

• Manchester City will join Italian club Juventus will face Hong Kong treble winners South China in two exhibition matches in Hong Kong next month.

Sven-Goran Eriksson's City will face a South China Invitation team at the 40,000 seater Hong Kong Stadium on May 22, before Claudio Ranieri's Juve take on South China.

Hong Kong League, FA Cup and Senior Shield winners South China finished fourth in July's Barclays Asia Trophy after losing to Barclays Premier League duo Liverpool and Fulham.

Juventus' Asia-Pacific Tour is expected to take place between May 19-31 and include two more games, while City are expected to also play in Thailand, the home country of chairman Thaksin Shinawatra, the country's former prime minister.