I had decided not to write about the ridiculous sacking of Sven Goran Eriksson any more. I have ranted about it enough already.
I wasn't going to until the story took yet another twist today when it was revealed that Thaksin Shinawatra, or his people, have allegedly already offered the job to Portugal manager Luis Felipe Scolari. This just adds insult to the already substantial injury that Mr Shinawatra has already inflicted on Sven.
I very much admire Scolari as a manager and I have no doubt that he would be able to continue the fine work already undertaken by Sven at Eastlands. Equally of course, I have no doubt that Sven would be able to as well. This matter is not about Scolari, although the alleged offer of Â£3.2 million per year is another discussion in it's own right, it is about common human decency.
Sven Goran Eriksson has not breached his contract. He has achieved everything he has promised and delivered everything that was asked of him. I know he gets paid handsomely for what he does and he will no doubt receive a fortune as a pay-off. But surely employment law is such that it removes the ability of a boss to sack a trusted, hard-working and effective employee merely on a whim.
It is very dangerous for rich investors with no knowledge or understanding of English football at all to get involved in our game. Mr Shinawatra should listen carefully to what Kevin Keegan had to say the other day about the difficulty, or indeed impossibility, of breaking into the top four. Expectations must be realistic. Ambition is good, but ridiculous ambition is destructive and dangerous.
Sven Goran Eriksson is probably a victim of his own success by achieving so much so early in the season, but anyone with an ounce of knowledge about the English game will know that a ninth placed finish foris a wonderful achievement.
If I was Mr Scolari, I would think very carefully about this offer before turning it down and citing press intrusion and family matters as the reason. The expectation on him next season would be at least a European qualification place and that is simply not likely.