Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Eriksson the target as Notts County hatch master plan

League Two side Notts County are in talks with Sven-Goran Eriksson about becoming their director of football.

Earlier in the month, Middle-Eastern consortium Munto Finance took over the club and laid out a set of ambitious plans, with the ultimate aim to “bring success back to Notts County Football Club.”

Reports had linked Eriksson to the managers job but according to BBC Radio Nottingham these claims are “wide of the mark.” Current boss Ian McParland has been kept on by the new owners and it seems more likely that a director of football role will be created, with former England boss Eriksson in pole position.

Also linked to the job is another former England manager, Glenn Hoddle, however with Eriksson actively searching for a new job since his sacking by Mexico in April, he seems a far more likely candidate than Hoddle, who has been out of the game since 2006.

Eriksson and his agent Athole Still have so far refused to comment but the ambition of the Magpies new owners is likely to prove attractive to Eriksson, who became Manchester City manager in 2007 shortly after they were taken over.

Notts County are the oldest professional football club in England but have struggled in recent years, finishing in the bottom half of League Two every season since they were relegated to the fourth tier in 2004. However, with the new owners set to deliver quickly on their promise to invest significantly in playing and coaching staff, many of the club's fans will be dreaming of a bright new era.

While in the process of completing the takeover, Munto Finance announced plans to make Notts County a Championship Club within five years. Simply by opening talks with a such a high profile figure as Eriksson suggests that these dreams have every chance of becoming a reality.

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