Eriksson open to offers

2006-07-10 08:26
London - Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has declined separate offers to coach a Champions League team on the continent and the Jamaican national team.

His agent, Athole Still, said: "It would be unfair of me to name which club, but we have already turned down an extremely good offer from a Champions League club.

"It was not in this country."

Since Eriksson's reign effectively ended with England's World Cup quarter-final loss to Portugal last weekend, media reports have suggested a Caribbean move could be on the cards, which Still confirmed.

"It appeared in the media before any contact was made.

The agent went on to defend Eriksson over England's World Cup performance, saying no one was more disappointed than the Swede in their early exit after losing on penalties to Portugal in the quarter-finals.

Still said: "Of course, he (Eriksson) failed, he knows he failed. He went to the World Cup believing genuinely, as did most of the team, that they could win and they had every reason to believe that they could win."

Will go to any club or national team

Speculation is mounting over Eriksson's plans and he was for a time linked with the Real Madrid job which went to Juventus's Fabio Capello.

The agent said his client was open to offers but, asked if he would only consider one of the top English Premiership clubs, Still replied: "I haven't actually asked him that.

"He will go to any club, or indeed national team, where he feels there is real ambition and the real possibility of doing something.

"Naturally nowadays, you need a certain amount of money if you are going to compete at the top level, so he would only go to a club which had a reasonable basis of players already there and a reasonable amount of money to strengthen the squad so that he feels he could challenge for titles, because that's what he's really interested in." Sapa-AFP

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