Surprising revelations are coming out of England tonight where Sven-Goran Eriksson has admitted in his new autobiography that he signed a deal in 2002 to manage Manchester United.
Sir Alex Ferguson had planned to retire in 2002, and Sven — according to his book — had signed on the dotted line to replace Ferguson. But when Fergie changed his mind, Eriksson continued managing the England national team until 2006.
Eriksson said in his book:
“I knew it would be tricky. I had a contract with England until the 2006 World Cup and I would be severely criticized if I broke that contract. But this was an opportunity to manage Manchester United.
“A contract was signed — I was United’s new manager.”
Here are tonight’s world soccer news headlines:
- Sven-Goran Eriksson: I signed deal to manage Manchester United in 2002 — The Telegraph
- Joe Kinnear tried to sign midfielder that was already a Newcastle player — The Mirror
- Martin Jol not worried by Fulham form despite Man Utd loss — BBC Sport
- Andrea Dossena ‘deserved three red cards’ says Hull City boss Steve Bruce — The Mirror
- Italians are part of my Sunderland plans – Gus Poyet — Newcastle Chronicle
- Fans of Hull City say Friday’s meeting with the club’s owner was ‘constructive’ — Sky Sports
- Tottenham alerted as Corinthians confirm plan to sell Alexandre Pato — Metro
- Newcastle defender Paul Dummett pens new long-term contract at St James’ Park — The Mirror
- Sir Alex Ferguson tried to stop Wayne Rooney going to World Cup – claims Sven Goran Eriksson — The Mail
- Were Hillsborough statements of Nottingham Forest fans altered? New investigation launched — Mirror
- Vlad Chiriches reveals his prison break to Tottenham Hotspur — The Telegraph
- Huw Jenkins on Cardiff, colours and what makes Swansea special — The Observer
- Malky Mackay increasingly likely to leave as relationship with owner Vincent Tan worsens — The Mirror
- South Wales derby tactical analysis: Wales coach Osian Roberts looks at Cardiff City and Swansea City — Wales Online
- Joe Hart dropped: Roy Hodgson says Joe Hart is still England’s No.1 — The Mirror
- Craig Bellamy in line to be next Wales boss — The Mail
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