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Football: SVEN FEELING NO PRESSURE; Ice cool boss plans to sit down with players.

SVEN-GORAN Eriksson has vowed not to change his management style despite question marks being raised over his approach during the World Cup quarter-final defeat by Brazil.

Feedback from some members of the squad have suggested that they would have preferred a more aggressive and upbeat approach during the half-time team talk which immediately followed Rivaldo's equaliser rather than retaining hisaccustomed ice cool and calm demeanour.

Certainly England played like a side lacking inspiration and barely managed a shot in anger during the second 45 minutes as 10-man Brazil controlled proceedings and went on to triumph 2-1.

Eriksson believes the idea of throwing tea cups and delivering a verbal rocket to players is outdated and he will continue with the analytical approach.

But he will give the squad the opportunity to air their views on the pros and cons of events during the summer when they meet up tomorrow to prepare for the friendly international with Portugal at Villa Park on Saturday.

Eriksson said: ``I think we handled things as we always did at half-time against Brazil. We talked and tried to tell them what was going well and what was going badly and what they had to do in the second half.

``I haven't heard that one (criticism from the players) but I hope they will tell me now when we come together but I don't know if I should have been shouting or anything like that.

``If someone could guarantee that we would have played better against Brazil if I had shouted at half-time, then I will listen to them!

``If I'm angry, then I'm angry but I think it is old fashioned to think like that. I think you have to analyse in football and tell the players what's wrong or right. That's my opinion.

``But we will have a meeting, probably on Wednesday evening, and they should not accept things if they don't agree. Coaching is not just about telling and if they don't accept something they should tell me and we will find a solution.''

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Sep 3, 2002
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