Sven Goran Eriksson is Thaksin Shinawatra's first choice as the coach for Man City. This is a bad choice on many levels. Reports are that Eriksson himself is not keen on the job.
First, Eriksson's glory days as a club coach were almost ten years ago with AS Roma and Lazio. Secondly, he has been more in the news for his off field dalliances as well as embarrassing himself over a set up that saw him installed as Aston Villa's new coach as part of a buyout by oil-rich sheiks. Eriksson is just too high profile a coach for Man City. Plus, he is not sleaze free. When you have a coach who has had relationships with public figures like Faria Alam, Ulrika Johnsson, and Nancy Dell'Olio, you have to question the commitment of Eriksson to coaching distraction free in a club that has made more waves off the field then on it. The good coaches like Sir Alex, Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, Sam Allardyce, Martin O'Neill, Steve Coppell, keep a healthy distance from becoming tabloid fodder. Which is what will happen if Eriksson were to become coach of City.
Most importantly, Eriksson is a risk averse coach. His inclination is to run by the book which means that he is not going to shake the system. My first choice would be a coach like Juande Ramos who took Sevilla to two UEFA titles and a guaranteed top four finish in the La Liga, after years of languishing as a mid level club, and doing it with players not exactly well known outside Spain. All this in his first two years as coach in a tough league.