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Will Scotland turn to ex-England boss Sven as their next manager?

Leigh Copson 26 Apr 2019
Sven-Goran Eriksson (credit:Marcio Machado/Zuma Press/PA Images)

Sven Goran Eriksson has seemingly thrown his hat into the ‘race’ to become the next manager of Scotland, but could the Scottish FA really turn to a former England boss as they look to finally get the national team heading into the right direction?


The SFA made the decision to part company with Alex McLeish following a miserable start to the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, and it was a move that was welcomed by a fanbase that had been against the former Rangers chief bring brought back to begin with.

But now that ‘Big Eck’ is gone all eyes are on who the SFA will turn to next and few within the ‘Tartan Army’ trust that Scottish football’s ruling body will make the right move after the way they botched an attempt to lure Michael O’Neill away from Northern Ireland following the exit of Gordon Strachan less than two years ago.

Reports claim the SFA have already received dozens of applications for the vacancy, and one of the names being linked with Scotland’s top job is Sven-Goran Eriksson – a man who has had a 42-year coaching career that includes a stint with England that saw him lead the Three Lions to quarter-final appearances in two World Cups and an appearance at the 2004 Euros.

Eriksson has denied claims that he has either been approached or has approached the SFA about the role, but the 71-year-old Swede claims he is open to the possibility of returning to Britain and taking up the challenge of trying to end Scotland’s long absence from major international tournaments.

“It comes out of the blue, so I have no idea, but of course I’m honoured,” he told talkSPORT radio host Jim White. “Scotland is a big job, it’s a huge football country. Would I speak about it? Yeah, why not. It’s not very polite if you don’t want to speak to people, but I haven’t thought at all about it. We’ll see if it’s happening, if there’s something behind it or not.

“The passport is saying I am a certain age (71), but I don’t feel it. I still like to work, I love football. So if something interesting comes up I will go for it. If nothing happens, okay, that’s it. We’ll see.

“There are a lot of people still going at my age and doing well – Roy Hodgson is one of them. I don’t feel old and I’m healthy, so I hope to sit on the bench again one day.

“I haven’t followed Scottish football for some years. I’ve seen some games and know some players but I’m not a specialist on it in this moment, absolutely not. But if you take on any football job it’s a challenge, it’s a full-time job for sure, more than full-time.”

Erikssen’s comments have resulted in his odds being slashed all the way to 10/1 by bookmaker Ladbrokes, but the firm expects the Scottish FA to look elsewhere with ex-Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes considered the clear leading contender for the role at 1/2.

Current Kilmarnock chief Steve Clarke is the 5/1 joint second favourite alongside Scotland Under 21s boss Scot Gemmill, while former West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has emerged as a possible 7/1 dark horse.


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