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'No hesitation over Ivory Coast job': Sven-Goran Eriksson

AFP/The Local · 5 Apr 2010, 10:14

Published: 05 Apr 2010 10:14 GMT+02:00

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Eriksson said he was watching one of the team's matches in London when he was first contacted by Ivory Coast football officials.

"The president of the Ivory Coast football federation was there and asked me if I had a job. I said no," Eriksson told Swedish public television SVT.

"Some days later he rang and said: 'Coach us during the World Cup then?' I said yes. I didn't need any time to consider it."

Eriksson, 62, guided England to the quarter-finals of the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

He told SVT he had met many of the Ivory Coast team's stars in London and would scout the country's domestic players in an April 11th exhibition match.

Eriksson added he would count on fellow Swedes Tord Grip, a long-time assistant, and Benny Lennartsson as assistant coaches.

"Benny will be a coach and translator. He speaks French, which is really important," he said.

Eriksson's last job was as director of football of English League Two side Notts County, but he quit in January when the ownership of the club changed hands.

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Before that he spent a turbulent 10 months in charge of Mexico.

Ivory Coast, who boast Chelsea striker Didier Drogba amongst their stars, are in Group G at the June 11th-July 11th World Cup finals in South Africa along with Brazil, Portugal and North Korea.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:54 April 5, 2010 by pallomamy
i am very happy that Erickson is now the coach of Ivory-coast thats makes me proud!

im half Ivorian and my husband Swedish!

of course thats great!

Eriksson already have a nick name in my country,

they call him Ngoran wich is Ivorian instead of Göran!

big ressemblance!

thats funny ha ha ha aha aha ah a
19:55 April 5, 2010 by Beavis
Lets hope Sven can stop Drogba trying to cheat.. Otherwise their in with a shout.
02:28 April 6, 2010 by DAVID T
How the mighty fall - he's a crap out of work has been - good luck Ivory Coast - you're gonna need it - COME ON ENGLAND!
10:25 April 6, 2010 by hansel
Why did ericsson hesitate taking the swedish Job? When would Swedish talents(Zlatan, Lagerback,Ericsson) learn to stand by their country in good and bad times?

I hope Swedes would be proud to see their coaches in the world cup without a swedish football team.....
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