Sven-Goran Eriksson: I Signed Deal to Manage Manchester United in 2002: Nightly Soccer Report

sven goran eriksson Sven Goran Eriksson: I Signed Deal to Manage Manchester United in 2002: Nightly Soccer Report

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.”

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4 Responses to Sven-Goran Eriksson: I Signed Deal to Manage Manchester United in 2002: Nightly Soccer Report

  1. Matt says:

    Bullet dodged.

  2. Olayemi Owoyemi says:

    Is this another gimmick? Mr Sven you do not need to bring Sir Alex down by capitalising on sour relationship with wayne to sell your book.

  3. rkujay says:

    Be careful what you wish for. I can’t see that United have done better by getting The Chosen One.

  4. Americano & Proud says:

    Shut up Sven.

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