Sven Eriksson is talented – but not the next Newcastle Manager


There has been news today linking Sven Eriksson and Gerard Houllier with the manager job at Newcastle.

Neither one of these we believe will be offered the Newcastle manager position – and as we like to do on this blog – we’ll provide an analysis of this story.

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Former England manager Sven Eriksson

First of all – Gerard Houllier has been linked to Newcastle – but we understand that Houllier has already indicated he doesn’t want the job.

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Gerard Houllier – what’s that he’s holding up?

Well that’s the end of the discussion on that one.

We do know that Houllier and Roeder are good friends so it’s clear he would have been following the events of last weekend – but we believe Gerard would never have been offered the job.

While Gerard Houllier is a talented manager and done very well at Lyon – we don’t think he’s too suited to managing Newcastle – our opinion.

Apparently Sven Goran Eriksson’s agent Athole Still has confirmed Sven’s interest in the job at Newcastle.

That doesn’t surprise us because we knew Sven really liked coming to Newcastle with the great atmosphere created at the ground by the fanatical geordie crowd – and Sven got a few of the England games played there – so they could benefit from the support.

(First game at the new St. James’ Park was England vs Albania on 5 September 2001 which England won 2-0 with goals from Owen and Fowler).

Athole Still has claimed that if an approach was made by Freddy Shepherd then Sven would be available – but Still then stressed there had been no approach so far by Newcastle.

Still offered the following yesterday:

“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.”

“Sven is very keen to get back into club football and he would be interested in talking to any club which had real ambition.”

“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.”

Don’t get us wrong about Sven who has had very good success in club football.
He is the only coach to have won the Double (league and cup) in three different countries, Sweden, Portugal and Italy. He also won the UEFA Cup with IFK Göteborg, and took Benfica to the European Cup Final.

Eriksson found major success in Italy when he joined Lazio in 1997 after controversially reneging on a deal to join English club Blackburn Rovers.

With Lazio he won the Coppa Italia in 1998 and 2000, the European Cup Winners’ Cup (1999 – the very last tournament), and the Serie A title (the Scudetto) in 2000 — only the second time that the Roman club had won the Italian championship in their history.

The statistical success of Lazio under Eriksson’s coaching remains unmatched to date.

So we can see he is an extremely successful manager and we believe he would accept the Newcastle job – if offered.

But like it or not – Sven is still under a cloud in England after a disastrous world cup finals last year when England were poor – to say the least.

Eriksson was also embarrassed in Dubai when he was fooled by an undercover reporter, posing as a rich Arab, to discuss a consultancy role for a new football academy and he made statements saying that he would consider becoming Aston Villa manager – should the Arab consortium take over the club.

He is till trying to recover from that episode of early 2006 – which ultimately led to his replacement as England coach.

So that’s it – but we still believe that the job is Sam Allardyce’s to turn down – and we cannot see him passing up the opportunity a second time.

Your comments and opinions are always welcomed.



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5 comments so far

  • Ed Harrison

    May 9, 2007 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #1

    No comments?
    Who thinks Eriksson would do the job at Newcastle?
    I would put him second favorite behind Sam.

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  • Craig

    May 9, 2007 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Although appointing Sven would be a risk, it has the potential to work wonders. However, I doubt Shepherd has the ‘testicular fortitude’ (to quote Vincent K. McMahon) to make the job his. I get sick of people having a go at Eriksson’s his England career. Yes, he should never have taken Walcott. Yes, he was shamed in the Dubai scandal. But his England record is fairly immense. He only lost four competitive matches, which works out to be something like a 60% win ratio. Realistically, the England players should have taken the blame, Sven has always been used as a scapegoat in the British media. We have been underachieving as a nation for years now. This is not entirely down to the management, but somewhat the players. We are simply not as good as people make out. I’d love to hear other peoples thoughts on the potential of Sven coming to Newcastle. I wouldn’t be too disappointed with Allardyce, but the fact he turned us down on TWO occasions makes me feel a little uncanny.

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  • Jinal

    May 9, 2007 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #3

    I totally agree with Craig on the point that Sven was used as a scapegoat for the player’s failures’. If the players remembered “Three Lions on the shirt” as opposed to “Jules Rimet still gleaming”, probably their fate would have been different.

    I personally would prefer Sven as the new manager. Apart from his superior record (which has already been mentioned), he is desperate to repair his tainted reputation in England and what better way is there than to bring Newcastle back to the top. This would serve as an extra drive for this already great manager to bring in results.

    But that ponce FFS is gonna come in with his goolies and give us another “30 years of hurt”

    Shearer, where are you??

    Credits : Baddiel & Skinner & The Lighting Seeds – Three Lions 🙂

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 10, 2007 at 4:13 AM

    Comment #4

    We have to admit that after writing this article we were impressed with Sven’s club record – and we also know he loves the passionate Newcastle fans – and the wonderful stadium.
    So maybe he wouldn’t be such a bad choice after all – but having said that we still think Sam is the Man.

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  • Neil

    May 10, 2007 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Erikkson would do great at Newcastle. Allardyce will still probably get the job though.

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