Sven sorry to see Big Sam go

City boss fears increase in managerial casualties

Eriksson: Sorry for Allardyce

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Sven Goran Eriksson has admitted he feels sorry for Sam Allardyce following his departure from Newcastle.

Allardyce left his role as Newcastle manager on Wednesday by 'mutual agreement' following an unsuccessful 24-game stint in charge at St James' Park.

And Manchester City boss Eriksson believes Allardyce was not given enough time to prove his credentials and that the tendency to quickly dismiss managers is a growing trend in English football.

"It is a surprise," Eriksson told Sky Sports News. "He was there six or seven months and normally managers are given a longer time.

Difficult

"But football is the same all over the world and it is difficult to sack the players or the directors. So who is going to be sacked? The manager.

"It has always been like that and maybe it happens in England more often than it did 10 years ago. I'm sure it does.

"I have to defend my colleagues but it is nothing new. I am sorry for Sam."

Meanwhile, Eriksson is confident midfielder Michael Johnson will return to action by the end of January.

Sidelined

The England Under 21 international has been sidelined for a month after suffering a recurrence of the abdominal injury which forced him to have surgery in November.

However, Eriksson has revealed that Johnson has started running and hopes are high he could return in two weeks.

"Michael has started running outside again, so hopefully, he will be ready in a couple of weeks," said Eriksson.

"It was a concern because he was operated on and then three games later, the injury came back.

"But the situation looks better than it did one or two weeks ago and we expect him to be okay soon."