Disappointed Eriksson leaves Notts County

Sven-Göran Eriksson, the Swedish former England coach, has resigned from his job as director of football at English second division side Notts County after only six months in the post.

“When I signed I thought that everything that was said was true, but that was obviously not the case,” Eriksson said to the BBC regarding his decision to quit.

The club has recently been taken over by former Lincoln City chairman Ray Trew for the sum of £1 ($1.5) and Eriksson has decided to seek employment elsewhere as the club battles with debts of more than £1.5 million.

The announcement ends the restless Eriksson’s high-profile involvement with the Nottingham club that was one of the founder members of the English football league in 1888 – the oldest such competition in world football.

But Notts County’s glory days are firmly in its past and the arrival of Eriksson last summer, in connection with the takeover by Munto Finance, was accompanied by lofty ambitions to return the club to the higher echelons of the English league system.

Eriksson was named director of football and made a raft of new signings – the most high profile being former Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell. Campbell however decided to part company with the club after only one game, despite signing a five-year contract.

The new backers also soon pulled out and the club narrowly staved off receivership at the end of January for an unpaid tax bill totalling more than £300,000.

Eriksson in the meantime was named in connection with the then vacant Swedish national team manager’s post. Eriksson ruled himself out of the post in October and as late as December 16th pledged his future to the club who are currently in seventh place in England’s bottom rung.

But Eriksson will not sever his contacts completely with the club as he has accepted a non-active position as joint life president.

Despite the trials and tribulations of Eriksson’s latest place of employment, his stock is reported to have risen and according to his agent he is in the running for three different jobs in world football, including the vacant post with World Cup qualifiers Nigeria.

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‘Svennis’ Eriksson in talks over Iran move

Former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson has held talks with Persepolis FC over the prospect of becoming the Iranian football team's next coach.

'Svennis' Eriksson in talks over Iran move

Eriksson, who originates from Värmland in Sweden, left Iran Thursday after holding talks with Persepolis FC official, the state news agency IRNA reported.

The nomadic manager, known affectionately as “Svennis” in his homeland, flew to Dubai after the negotiations held Wednesday night on Iran’s Kish Island, in the Gulf, the agency said.

“He will later announce his decision on our proposal,” Persepolis football club president Mohammad Rouyanian was quoted as saying.

British newspapers this week reported the struggling Iranian side was looking to spend around £1 million ($1.6 million) to secure Eriksson, who left Leicester City last month by “mutual agreement”.

The 63-year-old Swede had signed a two-year contract with Leicester City just a year earlier, after a number of unsuccessful spells – including with Manchester City, Mexico and League Two outfit Notts County – since leaving the England job, which he held 2001-2006.

Prior to the England job, Eriksson enjoyed successful spells with IFK Gothenburg, where victory in the 1982 UEFA cup paved the way for him to try his managerial skills in Europe’s major leagues.

Benfica was his first port of call and after two league wins he moved to Italy, spending time at Roma, Fiorentina and Sampdoria and finally a successful four years with Lazio, crowned with a Serie A league win in 2000.