Man City tour will go ahead (May 07, 2008)


Manchester City have reaffirmed that the team will come to Thailand next week as part of their Asian tour. In a reply to questions by the Thai media, City spokesman Paul Tyrell said the squad will be led by coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, although his future at Eastlands is still uncertain.

''The media speculation (about Eriksson's fate) does not affect the visit,'' Tyrell said. ''Mr Eriksson will be attending.''

The names of the players on the Asian tour will be confirmed after City's last game of the season against Middlesbrough this weekend.

Asked if Eriksson would remain at City, Tyrell said the club had not yet made an official announcement and that City owner Thaksin Shinawatra would have a full review of the club after the end of the season.

Regarding the Thai flag bearing Thaksin's name, the spokesman said: ''The incorrect use of the Thai flag was an unfortunate mistake by an individual supporter who was trying to pay respect to the Thai nation and Dr Thaksin.

''The fan has apologised unreservedly and the flag will not be seen again.''

City will arrive in Thailand on May 14 to open a club store and hold a clinic before playing against Thailand Premier All-Stars on May 17. The team will take a quick trip to the resort of Pattaya before leaving on May 20 for two matches in Hong Kong.