Thanda coaches to learn at Man City

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The study visit is a consequence of the co-operation agreement signed by the two clubs in November 2007.

Sven-Goran Eriksson, the former England national team coach and City’s current mentor, is Johan’s father.

According to Johan Glennmo, chairman of the Swedish consortium owned Thanda, team that is investing heavily in the future and the study visit to Manchester is interesting in several respects.

“Manchester City is one of the leading clubs in the English Premiership. Our coaching team, Roger Palmgren and Johan Eriksson, will be on the spot to study how Manchester City runs its player development programme and ensures the new generation of talent through its Academy.

“City also has functions known as performance analysts, who create player profiles, for example in connection with newly-acquired players. Overall, Thanda can learn a great deal from Manchester City’s methods.”

Manchester City’s chief executive Alistair Mackintosh says: “We are proud of our partnership with Thanda Royal Zulu FC and are delighted that Roger and Johan have accepted the invitation to spend time with our Academy and first team coaching staff here in Manchester. They will have the opportunity to see the day to day running of the Academy and extensive access to the club’s coaching and support staff who are keen to pass on their knowledge and expertise.”

“In recent years our Academy has been extremely successful, producing players including current first team regulars Michael Johnson, Nedum Onuoha, Stephen Ireland and England international Micah Richards.