There's seemingly no shortage of ways to qualify for the UEFA Cup, and one of them may be falling into the lap of Manchester City. UEFA announced today that England finished atop this year's UEFA Fair Play rankings, meaning that an extra UEFA Cup slot will go to the Premier League. That slot is handed to the top ranked team in England's Fair Play rankings that isn't already qualified for Europe which, as it stands right now, is Manchester City.
It's an ironic turn of events for Sven-Goran Erikkson's men, considering a failing chase for a spot in next year's UEFA Cup is believed to be the reason for owner Thaksin Shinawatra's dissatisfaction with the Swedish skipper. On his way out or not, Erikkson has been in talks this week with Portuguese side Benfica where he managed from 1982 to 1984. Some suspect Erikkson will turn down Benfica and hold out for a more prestigious offer.
Assuming Man City doesn't goon it up this weekend, they'll be joined in the UEFA Cup by League Cup winners Tottenham, the winner of the FA Cup Final between Portsmouth and Cardiff, and the Premier League's fifth-place team, either Everton or Aston Villa.