I WAS thinking of going on holiday to Sweden this summer. But I now appear to be so famous there, I’m not sure if I could walk the streets of Stockholm without being mobbed by adoring fans.
After my conversation with a journalist from the newspaper Aftonbladet on Friday (as reported on this blog), I have once again made the headlines in Sweden. (It’s not quite up there with being interviewed in my back garden by Swedish television, as I was last summer, but hey, it keeps me in the public eye.)
“Kampanjen fortsätter” screams the headline in Saturday’s paper, reporting on the Manchester Evening News campaign to save Sven-Goran Eriksson’s job as City manager. (As far as I can gather, that translates as “campaign continues”.)
The rest of the article is a mystery to me. I only hope that the word “backsida” means “back page”, and not what I think it means.
Reading it is a slightly disorientating experience, as it seems I have developed the ability to speak word-perfect Swedish.
“Vi fick mängder av reaktioner från fans, gamla Cityspelare och tränare. Det överraskande var att alla – alla! –var på Svens sida,” I appear to have said.
I then back up my argument by adding: “97 procent ville ha kvar Svennis, trots att laget ”bara” ligger nia i tabellen.”
I definitely didn’t refer to him as Svennis. I might have said the rest of it.
Weirdly, the article gives my comments predence over those of Sir Alex Ferguson, who I think summed up the feelings of many City fans towards Thaksin Shinawatra when he said: “Ingenting överrumplar mig. Jag är överraskad på ett sätt, men i dag ger sig alla typer av ägare in i fotbollen.”
I’m hoping that all this media exposure will get me an invite to Euro 2008 as a Swedish TV pundit. Not quite sure I can hold my breath forever, though.