This morning Sky Sports features quotes from Sven Goran Eriksson’s representative (Athole Still). It makes for good tabloid gossip, if nothing else.
In a nutshell – Still was asked if Eriksson would be interested in the Newcastle managerial position. To that Still said yes, but he insisted that no contact had been made between the two parties and that since he was a friend of Sam Allardyce he didn’t want to ruin anything he had going with the Toons, because of which he again re-iterated that there had been no contact between Eriksson and Newcastle.
Expect the media to run with this one for a while.
Houllier, on the other hand, has clearly said that he’s not interested in managing Newcastle. He’s managing a Champions League team, so why would he move? Plus there are rumours that Houllier might be talking with Arsenal about coming over as the football director (speculation, nothing’s certain).
What Still said:
“Have we been in discussions with Newcastle? No.
However I was asked, would he be interested. Newcastle is a huge club, with a wonderful stadium and fantastic fans so naturally if a club like that made an approach to Sven then clearly he would be interested in talking to them but nothing has happened.
I happen to be a very good friend of Sam Allardyce and Sam seems to be, as they say, nailed on for the job, the bookies have stopped taking bets and the last thing I would want to appear to be is undermining Sam taking the job if indeed that is something that has already been decided.”
[Source: Sky Sports]
I have my doubts that Allardyce is a sure bet, but I could be wrong. Eriksson’s record may be good but the media loves to hate him, although that has lessened since Steve McClaren came in and took England backwards.
If you were given a straight choice between Allardyce and Eriksson, who would you pick?