Leading article: Sven and the City

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The Independent Online

Most people who had suffered at the hands of the press as Sven-Goran Eriksson did during his time as the England football coach could be forgiven for never wanting to put their head above the parapet again. But just over a year after he quit, the bespectacled Swede is back in the English game. "It's good to feel the stress," he said as he took over as manager of Manchester City yesterday and opened a new act in the Sven soap opera that for so long formed such a colourful backdrop to the English game but which has been somewhat lacking during the era of his successor, Steve McLaren. For this reason alone, it's good to have Eriksson around again. But his return should be greeted purely in a footballing sense. Sven is the only manager to have won the League and Cup double in three different European countries. He is also, in a purely statistical sense, England's most successful manager. Welcome back, Sven.

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