Eriksson says no to Sweden
Ex-England manager turns down chance to take over home team to stay with Notts County.
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2009 13:14 GMT

Eriksson (right) with Lagerback at the World Cup draw for the 2006 finals [GALLO/GETTY] 
Sven-Goran Eriksson has turned his back on an appeal from Sweden to take over the national side following the resignation of Lars Lagerback.

Lagerback stepped down after nine years in charge of Sweden following last week's failure to reach the World Cup.

But former England and Mexico boss Eriksson said he would not take charge of his country's team because of his commitments with English fourth-tier side Notts County.

Eriksson became County's director of football in July after being sacked by Mexico. He had previously been in charge of Manchester City.

Two jobs

It is thought Eriksson may have gone to Notts County's owners asking if he could do both jobs at the same time.

"He said that the (Notts County) owners put a stop to his idea," Swedish FA chairman Lars-Åke Lagrell told football website Fotbollskanalen on Tuesday.

"We can conclude that in the race horse number one has withdrawn.

"I have nothing more to say other than that he (Eriksson) never promised us anything.

"We have checked the pre-conditions with a handful of candidates, one of which was Sven, but he never promised anything, he only said he would investigate it and get back to me."

The association's board drew up a shortlist of about 10 candidates, with remaining names thought to include Fulham manager Roy Hodgson and Hans Backe, who was Eriksson's assistant in Mexico.

In another statement, Lagrell said: "Last week we contacted Sven, who is one of the people we thought could be in the running for the job as national team coach.

"We have had a good dialogue but he has now informed us that he has no possibility to take over the national team now because of the contract he has with Notts County.

"We continue our talks with the other candidates ... and we hope to be able to present a solution as soon as possible."

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