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Sven-Goran Eriksson denies Fulham talks story

Sven-Goran Eriksson
Eriksson led Ivory Coast at this year's World Cup

Former England and Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson says he has not had talks with Fulham.

Eriksson has been linked with a move to Craven Cottage as current Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is expected to be announced as the new Liverpool manager this week.

Asked on BBC Radio 5 live to confirm that no-one has contacted him about the Fulham job, he said: "100% confirmed."

Eriksson, who led the Ivory Coast at this summer's World Cup, added he would like a return to the Premier League.

"It's a dream for every manager, coming back or going into the Premier League, it's the best league in the world," he stated.

The 62-year-old Swede was England manager between 2001 and 2006, reaching two World Cup quarter-finals.

After his stint with England, Eriksson managed Manchester City and the Mexican national team and in February he resigned as director of football at Notts County.

It is thought that Eriksson's contract with the Ivory Coast was only for the duration of the World Cup, with the nation bowing out at the group stage.

His name has been linked with last season's Europa League finalists Fulham as they face the prospect of losing Hodgson to Liverpool.

Asked if he had been approached by Fulham, Eriksson added: "I have heard some rumours but there are absolutely no facts behind it.

"I think they have a brilliant manager and I do not know if he is staying or, as rumoured, going to Liverpool, but so far I have heard nothing."

Eriksson would not offer suggestions as to why England had such a disappointing World Cup campaign in South Africa but renewed his call for the Premier League to have a winter break.

"I don't think there is anything wrong with English football," he said. "The only thing I was fighting for [when I was in charge] was a winter break but because of money the Premier League never accepted that.


"England is the only country in Europe without a break and when it comes to these big tournaments they are suffering for it."

Current England manager Fabio Capello has come in for intense criticism after his team suffered a 4-1 last-16 defeat by Germany last weekend.

The Football Association is weighing up Capello's future and has told the Italian coach that he will have to wait another two weeks to find out if he has a future as England boss.

However, Eriksson said the FA should not wait to make a decision and commented: "The decision should be taken at once.

"Waiting two weeks opens a lot of speculation. The quicker the decision the better it is."

Capello's reported salary of £6m a year has also come under scrutiny but Eriksson says the Football Association has no option but to pay that kind of money.

"When you talk about the England, Inter, AC Milan, Chelsea or Manchester United manger you have to take these figures," insisted Eriksson.

"If you want a top-class manager for England you have to pay what the other clubs and countries are doing at the top level.

"You can't discuss Capello's CV. What he has done in football tells its own story. If you want a manager like him you have to pay it."

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see also
Hodgson named new Liverpool boss
01 Jul 10 |  Liverpool
Eriksson proud of departing team
25 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Eriksson saddened by Notts exit
06 May 10 |  Notts County
Eriksson named Ivory Coast coach
29 Mar 10 |  African
Eriksson ponders English club job
14 Feb 10 |  Football
New Notts owner as Eriksson exits
12 Feb 10 |  Notts County
Eriksson lands Notts County role
22 Jul 09 |  Notts County
Eriksson wants top-flight return
29 May 09 |  Premier League
Eriksson sacked as Mexico coach
02 Apr 09 |  Internationals
Eriksson leaves Manchester City
02 Jun 08 |  Man City
Eriksson named Man City manager
06 Jul 07 |  Man City
Eriksson goes with Rooney warning
02 Jul 06 |  England
Eriksson to quit after World Cup
23 Jan 06 |  Football

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