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Sven-Goran Eriksson saddened by end of his Notts dream

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Eriksson laments end of his Notts dream

Sven-Goran Eriksson says his time as Notts County director of football should have been the best job of his illustrious football management career.

Eriksson left Meadow Lane in February and will lead the Ivory Coast in this summer's World Cup in South Africa.

But he told BBC East Midlands Today: "If we had been able to take the club to the Premier League it would have been the best job I ever had.

"You can build a football club as you want to and that was my dream."

Unfortunately the dream turned into a nightmare as the summer takeover by Munto Finance never delivered the multi-million pound investment needed to fund the ambitious plans first revealed in July.

If it's a real project I would like to come back if they want me - you never know because for me it was like a dream

Sven-Goran Eriksson

But Eriksson, who returned to Nottingham on Tuesday as a guest of honour at the club's end-of-season League Two championship celebration dinner, still has fond memories of his time in the East Midlands.

"This was a project over five years or more and I looked forward to that," Eriksson added.

"It was a nice time but it finished much too early. It was a pity all of what happened."

Eriksson remains a popular figure in Nottingham for sticking with the club for so long after their financial predicament was first revealed.

The former England manager also then wrote off the money he was owed for his time at Meadow Lane.

"I didn't want to leave," Eriksson said. "We were chasing people with money to take over the whole project but we didn't find anyone.

"Unfortunately it became what it became and I didn't want to be the man who took Notts County into administration so I left."

But the Swede said he would love to return to the club one day.

Notts County's players revel in title glory

He added: "If it's a real project as it was meant to be I would like to come back if they want me - you never know because for me it was like a dream.

"This was a project over five years or more and I looked forward to that. You can build a football club as you want to build it with the people in the club and that was my dream."

Eriksson was also quick to praise Notts County's achievement in winning the League Two title.

"Winning the league with style, playing good football and scoring a lot of goals is fantastic. It can't be better," he said.

"The players have been fantastic and so have the coaching staff; they have done brilliantly this season."



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Eriksson named Ivory Coast coach
29 Mar 10 |  African
Eriksson will not seek Notts cash
12 Feb 10 |  Notts County
Notts County deny new cash crisis
04 Feb 10 |  Notts County
New Notts owner as Eriksson exits
12 Feb 10 |  Notts County
Magpies dream on hold - Eriksson
03 Jan 10 |  Notts County
Eriksson lured by English passion
31 Jul 09 |  Notts County


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