Sven Goran Eriksson, who exchanged courtesies with his chairman Thaksin Shinawatra in Thailand yesterday, appears to have distanced himself from rumours that he may join Barcelona – with another club believed to be in the wings. Eriksson has still been given no precise date for the meeting with Thaksin which might dictate his future though it seems likely to take place at the weekend.
Eriksson has confirmed he has been approached by the Mexican FA but he is not thought to be ready to take up their job offer. The Swede attended a carefully-choreographed press conference at a Bangkok shopping mall and spoke only to thank the Thai public and sponsors for welcoming City on the first leg of the post-season tour to Asia. Eriksson posed for photos with Thaksin's son and daughter, Khun Panthongthae and Khun Pinthongta, who are directors of City, but did not field questions.
Dietmar Hamann, Kasper Schmeichel and Ben Mee, the captain of the club's FA Youth Cup-winning team, were also present but only exchanged pleasantries with organisers about Saturday's match with Thailand Premier All-Stars.
"The manager asked during this time of great forensic analysis of the football club for the players not to be doing interviews," City's director of communications Paul Tyrrell said. Following Saturday's match in Bangkok, City will travel to the nearby resort of Pattaya before moving on to Hong Kong.