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Tuesday, 12 November, 2002, 08:41 GMT
Eriksson stays on
England coach Sven Goran Eriksson
Eriksson was unsettled by Adam Crozier's resignation
Sven-Goran Eriksson has confirmed he is staying on as England coach - but admitted he might have quit had he not received the assurances he was after.

The Swede has said that, amidst the recent upheavals at the FA, he vowed to walk away had aspects of his job been changed.

"I have never had any real wishes to leave but if they wanted to change too many things in my job, of course.

"I want to be a free man. I want to report to one man not two, three, four or five if I have a problem. If I want to play a friendly against this team or that team I need one person to say yes or no."

Everything is going on as before with my job

Sven-Goran Eriksson

The FA had earlier appointed David Davies and Nic Coward as its joint acting chief executives following the resignation of Adam Crozier.

Eriksson said he was satisfied with the appointments and expressed amusement at reports linking him with other positions across Europe.

"I read that I was on my way to Spain, Italy, Portugal - it is amazing how many jobs I could have got.

"But I have never spoken to anyone and no-one contacted me at all.

"I didn't say anything during this time because I wanted to know what was happening. In my job it is very important to have a boss to report to.

"Who do I ask when I need anything? But today I got that decision and I am happy with that."

Eriksson admitted he was sorry to see Crozier go.

"I regret that Crozier went because he is a very good man who did an excellent job for the FA," he said.

It is very important people understand we have an outstanding football coach in this country

Acting FA chief David Davies

"We worked very well together and he created a good atmosphere at the FA for myself and Tord Grip on a professional and personal level.

"But that is life and I can't decide political matters. Now we have a new situation and after today everything is going on as before with my job."

Acting joint chief executive Davies admitted the FA was concerned at the possibility of losing Eriksson.

"Sven has a higher opinion poll rating than any other public figure in this country in living memory," he said.

"It is around 90%, which is unprecedented. It is very important that people understand that we have an outstanding football coach in this country."

Davies, the FA's director of international strategy, and Coward, the organisation's company secretary, will fill in for Crozier temporarily, but the FA will appoint a head-hunter to find a permanent replacement.

Davies and Coward will report to a Board sub-committee made up of David Dein, Roger Burden, Peter Ridsdale and Ray Kiddell, plus FA chairman Geoff Thompson.

They will also consider the appointment of a new technical director to replace Howard Wilkinson in due course.

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