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What a joke.. the two England coaches who snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in 98 and 02! FROM bbc SITE


Eriksson and Hoddle on Nigeria shortlist February 25, 2010

Former England managers Sven-Goran Eriksson and Glenn Hoddle are on a five-man shortlist to be the new coach of Nigeria, the national federation have confirmed.

Sven-Goran Eriksson: Set for an international return?

Former Sweden coach Lars Lagerback is also on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) list and ex-Senegal boss Bruno Metsu and former Ghana coach Ratomir Dujkovic have already been interviewed.

"We can confidently say that the new man will be announced from these names," said the NFF's Ademola Olajire. ''We have five candidates and Glenn Hoddle is one of them. He took his turn [for interview] yesterday and we will make a decision tomorrow evening.''

Nigeria have been without a coach since the sacking of Shaibu Amodu after his side's disappointing African Nations Cup tournament in Angola, and a quick decision will give the country ample time to prepare for the summer's World Cup under the new boss.

"That top coaches are already here in Nigeria for an interview is a pointer to the fact that we are almost there," Olajire added. "Names alone cannot guarantee success so therefore the technical committee wants someone who can bring what fans, media, football house and the world expect of our team."

Eriksson's representative Athole Still confirmed the Swede had met with the NFF and that they plan to stay in Nigeria until Saturday morning.

''We've looked around and studied all the potential of Nigeria,'' Still said. ''Sven met with the federation today. It was a general discussion rather than an interview I would say. We will see what happens.''

Still said the NFF have not discussed the terms they are prepared to offer to the new coach, so it is unclear whether they are just looking for someone to lead the team in South Africa or for a more long-term appointment.

Eriksson, who coached Mexico during the qualifying stages of the 2010 World Cup, would relish a third crack at the World Cup after reaching the quarter-finals twice with England.

Still added: ''The clear big attraction at this present moment is the World Cup, but also, if it went beyond that, there is the attraction of a country that has a population of almost 150 million and has hundreds of thousands of young players.


...and millions of black female asses to exploit, right Sven!

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Good choice from the list in my opinion.


Nigeria appoint Lars Lagerback as coach for World Cup

Lagerback was chosen ahead of fellow Swede Eriksson

Nigeria have appointed former Sweden coach Lars Lagerback to lead them at the World Cup in South Africa in June.

Lagerback was chosen ahead of Glenn Hoddle and Sven-Goran Eriksson, who had both been linked with the job.

Nigerian Football Federation spokesman Ademola Olajire said Hoddle and former Senegal boss Bruno Metsu had impressed in their interviews.

But he added: "Lagerback has now signed a five-month contract to take Nigeria to the World Cup."

Lagerback succeeds Shaibu Amodu as coach of the Super Eagles after they finished third at the African Nations Cup in Angola last month.

The Swede will watch Nigeria's friendly against DR Congo on Wednesday and will be based in Nigeria from next month until the World Cup.

Lagerback has huge experience of international coaching.


1977-1982: First coaching job with Swedish side Kilafors IF

1983-85: Appointed coach of Swedish side Arbra BK

1987-89: Joins Swedish side Hudiksvalls ABK

1990-95: Appointed Sweden U21

1996-7: Appointed coach of Sweden national team B

1998-9: Tommy Soderberg makes him his assistant as Sweden coach

2000: Promoted to dual-coach, a responsibility he would share with Soderberg

2004: Leads Sweden to the quarter finals of Euro2004

2009: Resigns as coach of Sweden after failure to qualify for World Cup

2010: Appointed coach of Nigeria

He began work with the Sweden Football Association in 1990, concentrating on the the country's junior teams.

In 1996, he took over the Sweden B team and stayed there until 1998 when Tommy Soderberg took him on as assistant coach for Sweden.

In 2000, he was promoted to the position of joint-coach, a responsibility he would share with Soderberg until 2004.

Under his guidance, Sweden qualified for Euro 2000, but lost in the group stages.

In 2002, he led Sweden to the World Cup, where they lost to Senegal.

Sweden then qualified for Euro 2004 reaching the quarter-finals where they lost to the Netherlands and two years later Lagerback took Sweden to their fourth consecutive championship, the first time in their history.

Under Lagerback Sweden also qualified for Euro 2008 where they were eliminated in the group stage after losing 2-0 to Russia.

Lagerback resigned after failing to qualify Sweden for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa where Nigeria have been grouped with Argentina, Greece and South Korea.

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Ivory Coast confirm Hiddink talksMarch 4, 2010

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Ivory Coast have approached Guus Hiddink about taking charge of the side for this summer's World Cup.


Russia want Guus Hiddink to work exclusively for them for the remainder of his deal

• Ivory Coast 0-2 South Korea

Ivory Coast are currently without a manager after sacking Vahid Halilhodzic after their quarter-final exit at the African Nations Cup in January, and Hiddink is understood to be the top target.

Hiddink is currently contracted to Russia and will take over Turkey in the summer but, as neither of those countries qualified for the World Cup, he has confirmed he could be open to taking the position on a temporary basis, telling reporters: "I have matters to resolve before I reach my decision."

Ivory Coast football association president Jacques Anouma has now said Hiddink is on the shortlist for the role and that he hopes to make an announcement in the near future.

"Guus is one of the people we have contacted about becoming coach," he told BBC Sport. "Probably in the middle of next week something will be concluded."

Sven-Goran Eriksson, who recently missed out on the Nigeria job, was in the stands as Ivory Coast turned in a disappointing performance in their 2-0 friendly defeat to South Korea in London on Wednesday.

However, when asked about the speculation, Eriksson said in the Sun: "No, no, no - this job has nothing to do with me."

Anouma also rejected suggestions Eriksson has been lined up as the country's new manager.

"Sven has not been contacted but there were a lot of coaches at Loftus Road for the match and some have contacted me," he said.

"Of the three or four in contention to become the next coach, Guus is the person we want but we are still talking to him. Talks are ongoing but nothing has been decided."

Kouadio Georges was acting as caretaker manager for the South Korea match

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Still no decision for Ivory Coast manager! From BBC site....


Page last updated at 17:03 GMT, Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Sven-Goran Eriksson keen on Ivory Coast coaching post

Sven-Goran Eriksson is in talks to coach the Elephants at the World Cup

Sven-Goran Eriksson says he would relish the opportunity to coach Ivory Coast at the World Cup finals in June.

Eriksson, who led England to the World Cup in 2002 and 2006, held talks with the Ivorians three weeks ago.

Even though he is keen on taking over the Elephants, the Swede admits no deal is yet in place.

"It would be great to sit on a bench at (another) World Cup, definitely, but I have not received any confirmation," the 62-year-old said.

"The phone is hot here. We'll see what happens. I have not received any confirmation yet anyway.

"The World Cup is the world's biggest sporting event, a great festival of football for a month. It is incredible to be part of it, as a player and as a coach."

The Ivorians are still searching for a coach after dismissing Vahid Halilhodzic shortly after the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year.

Former Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster claimed on Tuesday that he was on the verge of accepting an offer to coach the Elephants.

Former Japan coach Philippe Troussier is also among those tipped to take over as coach.

The 54-year-old Troussier has also been in charge of Nigeria, Qatar and Morocco and currently serves as general manager of Japan Football League team FC Ryukyu.

The Elephants will play in the same group as Brazil, Portugal and North Korea at the tournament which starts on 11 June.

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That does it, I am redoing my predictions. Ivory Coast aint going anywhere now.


World Cup 2010Eriksson named Ivory Coast bossMarch 28, 2010

Email Print Share By Harry Harris, Football Correspondent

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has been appointed Ivory Coast boss for the World Cup this summer.


Sven-Goran Eriksson recently left Notts County

Eriksson, who has been out of work since leaving his role as director of football at Notts County in February, had recently been interviewed for the Nigeria job but lost out to fellow Swede Lars Lagerback.

However, Eriksson was viewed as the best candidate for Ivory Coast after Russia boss Guus Hiddink decided to take the Turkey job.

Outtara Hego, secretary general at the Ivory Coast football federation, said: "Eriksson signed a contract in London on Sunday.

"As most people know, Guus Hiddink was our first choice. When that did not happen, Eriksson was the best alternative. He has the necessary experience."

Eriksson's agent, Athole Still, told Soccernet on Sunday night: "Sven is here sitting beside me having just signed the contract and I can tell you he is very happy.

"He's only just signed the contract and I think the president made the announcement just before he signed it!"

He added: "I'm sure he would love his new team to play England and, if that was the case, he would only have one thought: to get the win.

"It would also mean that he would have got the Ivory Coast out of the 'group of death' with Portugal, Brazil and North Korea. After what happened to him with England, I am sure he would like nothing better than revenge over both Portugal and Brazil."

In an official statement, the federation said: "Aware of the great expectations of our population who have taken a keen interest in the matter, the executive committee focused its choice on Mr Sven-Goran Eriksson.

"The Swede has been, among others, coach of England and Mexico. He is an experienced technician who has been proven.

"His mission is to lead our team during this World Cup, and to ensure that there is an honourable participation in a competition reserved for the top 32 football nations in the world, and it obviously will be difficult.

"Therefore, the executive committee of the FIF appeals to the sacred union between the Elephants and their coach."

It was reported this week that Eriksson was on a three-man shortlist for the role along with former Manchester City boss Mark Hughes and former Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster.

Eriksson led England from 2001 to 2006 and managed the team at three major tournaments, reaching the quarter-finals at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups as well as Euro 2004. More recently, he took charge of Mexico during the World Cup 2010 qualifiers but left the position after disappointing results.

At club level, he has managed sides such as Benfica, Roma, Fiorentina, Lazio and Manchester City, and has won trophies including the UEFA Cup, Cup Winners' Cup and Serie A.

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