Eriksson interested in managing Newcastle

Former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson, who has admitted to being bored after almost a year out of work, would be interested in talking to Newcastle about the vacant manager's job, his agent said on Wednesday.

Eriksson handed over the reins to assistant Steve McClaren after last year’s World Cup, when a lacklustre England were eliminated by Portugal in the quarter-finals.

He is still being paid compensation by the Football Association but the Swede said last week that he is looking for a way back into the game, and was ready to take a “big job” in the English Premiership.

There has been no contact between Newcastle and the Swede’s representatives in the wake of Glenn Roeder’s departure.

But his agent Athole Still has revealed the job at St James’ Park is just the kind he would seriously consider.

Eriksson fared well in a phone poll of fans carried out by Newcastle-based radio station Metro, although he is not understood to figure high on chairman Freddy Shepherd’s shortlist, which is topped by overwhelming favourite Sam Allardyce with Lyon manager Gerard Houllier also emerging as a surprise candidate.

Still told the Press Association: “There has been no contact whatsoever, but if Newcastle were interested in Sven-Göran Eriksson, I am sure Sven-Göran Eriksson would be interested in talking to Newcastle.”

Only last month, Shepherd dismissed speculation Eriksson was being lined up to replace Roeder.

However, the 51-year-old’s resignation on Sunday saw Allardyce swiftly installed as the main contender with most bookmakers suspending betting.

Allardyce’s own departure from Bolton with two years of his contract still to run means there is an issue of compensation and that could yet prove a stumbling block, while allegations made against him – which he strongly denied – by the BBC Panorama bungs programme are a further complicating factor.

Eriksson’s pedigree means the link is inevitable and he has been touted for virtually every high-profile job which has come up since, although is awaiting the right opportunity.

Still said: “Sven is very keen to get back into club football and he would be interested in talking to any club which had real ambition.”


Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.