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Eriksson in line for Sweden post


Notts County chief Gary Townsend says Sweden are yet to approach them

By Simon Austin

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has emerged as one of the favourites to become the new Sweden manager and will be sounded out about the job this week.

Lars Lagerback stood down last week and Eriksson, 61, now director of football at Notts County, is on the wanted list.

Swedish Football Association president Lars-Ake Lagrell told BBC Sport: "I am a friend of 'Svennis' and know how good a manager he is.

"We'll have a telephone conversation on Wednesday, then I hope to know more."

County say there is a clause in Eriksson's contract entitling them to substantial compensation if the Swede leaves before the end of his five-year contract with them.

Their executive chairman, Peter Trembling, said the League Two club was yet to be contacted by the Swedish FA.


"We have heard nothing," Trembling told BBC Sport. "We said to Sven when he joined the club that we wouldn't stand in his way should a dream job come up.

"If Sven is desperate to go and manage his home country, I wouldn't stand in his way. But having spoken to him about it, I would be very surprised if he wants to go at this juncture in his career."

Trembling also insisted he would not allow Eriksson to do the Notts County and Sweden jobs at the same time.

Lagerback had been in charge of Sweden for nine years but left the post on 14 October following the failure to qualify for the 2010 World Cup finals.

Jonas Nystedt, head of communications at the Swedish FA, confirmed Eriksson was on the shortlist to replace Lagerback.

"Last Thursday, after the Albania game, the board had a meeting and discussed what route should be taken," he said.

Sven would love to do this - he has always said that

Close ally of Eriksson's

"There is a special list of five to 10 names and Eriksson is on that list. He has been contacted but is only one person on the list."

The former Manchester City coach was appointed County's director of football in July and a source close to the Swede told BBC Sport he would "love to manage his home country".

"I know Sven would love to do that one, he has always said that," continued the source. "We will have to wait and see though because he hasn't heard anything from them yet.

"Whether this is the time to do it, I don't know. He would take that decision if the offer came."

The source added that it would be "very difficult" for Eriksson to continue at Notts County if he did get the Sweden job.

Eriksson's possible departure would be a major blow for County, who have so far failed to comment on Sweden's interest in their director of football.

The League Two side, who were taken over by Munto Finance in July, had hoped the Swede would give them instant kudos and credibility and had insisted he would stay with them long term.

Sol Campbell, who was County's highest profile signing since the takeover, quit County in September after having played only one match for the Magpies.

Eriksson led England to the quarter-finals of both the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

Before that he achieved success with Gothenburg, Benfica, Sampdoria and Lazio but his record since stepping down as England boss in 2006 has been chequered.

The Swede was sacked after less than a year in charge at Manchester City and lasted only eight months as coach of Mexico's national side.

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see also
Campbell makes Notts County exit
23 Sep 09 |  Notts County
Eriksson lands Notts County role
22 Jul 09 |  Notts County
Notts County takeover completed
14 Jul 09 |  Notts County

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