League Two club should be afraid…very afraid!
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has joined Notts County as director of football.
The League Two club said Eriksson, 61, would be joined by his long-term assistant Tord Grip, who will assume the role of general adviser.
Eriksson said: “I am particularly attracted to this role and the unique opportunity to help build a club over the longer term.”
The Magpies were taken over by a Middle-Eastern consortium a week ago.
Eriksson will start his role with immediate effect, will also be a shareholder and his remuneration will be determined by the success of the team.
The Swede will be responsible for transfer negotiations and scouting, health, fitness and development of players, training facilities, the youth academy and establishing community and overseas links.
The future of manager Ian McParland is unclear under the new regime but a news conference will be held by the club at 1200 BST on Wednesday. (BBC Sport)
Sven is something of a figure of ridicule and this news will only further elevate him into that position and can only be a result of being offered a stupid amount of money by the League Two club’s new owners. After a particularly atrocious spell as manager of Mexico, where he somehow contrived to lose as many games as he won (which given the level of opposition is quite breathtaking), Sven probably thought the job offers would come thick and fast….but they didn’t.
I feel sorry for Notts County and wouldn’t be in the least bit surprised that the recent takeover and this publicity stunt in the end cripple the oldest football club in the world. Who wants to take bets on how long the former England boss will remain employed at the club? I predict he will be looking for gainful employment before the end of the year!