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On The Spot

by | 28th, November 2003

‘IT shows what a ridiculous mess the FA have got themselves into in recent months that they can manage to stage another PR disaster out of offering a man a job.

”Wonder what Ulrika would do?”

But Sven Goran Eriksson is decidedly unimpressed that his employers have put him on the spot by offering him a four-year extension to his contract.

The Mail says England coach is fuming – if indeed he could ever be said to fume at what he sees as an ultimatum, which is bound to create unwanted media attention.

“What angers the Swede is the added pressure he is now under to commit his future until 2008 after what he believed was one private, informal meeting with his employers,” it says.

And, if it is a ploy by the FA to bounce Eriksson into a decision, the Star predicts it will backfire and he will turn down the £14m offer.

In fact, the paper says the FA’s bungling has just hardened his resolve to walk away from the job after the European Championships in Portugal next year – two years before his existing contract expires.

Meanwhile, on the pitch Liverpool and Newcastle both made sure of their places in the last 32 of the Uefa Cup, although the Reds did so at the expense of another injury to Michael Owen.

The Sun says the striker has already missed

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