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Eriksson ‘not in it for the money’

Journeyman explains CV that details six jobs in seven years

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Dubai: Al Nasr’s new technical adviser Sven-Goran Eriksson has defended a slump in his CV that has seen him pass through seven jobs in the last six years.

Insisting he’s now in Dubai to stay, having signed an 18-month contract to oversee affairs at the Oud Metha club earlier this week, Eriksson denied he was just job-hopping for quick cash.

The 64-year-old Swede, who has led a nomadic existence since leaving the England national team in 2006, managing or advising Manchester City, Mexico, Notts County, the Ivory Coast, Leicester City and Thailand’s Tero Sansana, said: “I’m not doing it for the money.

“It maybe looks like that, but I can promise you that the jobs in the Ivory Coast, Thailand and here are absolutely not for money. I’m doing it for a love of football, to see new parts of the world and to experience new football.”

Eriksson, who left Manchester City, Notts County and Leicester City by mutual consent and was sacked by Mexico, added of his previous tenures: “Thailand was a two-month contract and that was made clear from the beginning. I would not stay more than two months and the Ivory Coast job was also just for the World Cup, that was always very clear.”

He justified his journeyman’s resume, since building his reputation managing Benfica, Lazio and England, by saying: “Wherever you go football is football. But if you want to improve you can’t only look at your own country. I’m not afraid of not knowing.

“If I said I was a specialist of UAE football, I’d be lying. I’m not of course. But I’ve seen some tapes and if you ask me in a couple months I will know much more.”

Eriksson added of his new role at Al Nasr, who have not won a UAE league title since 1986, and currently sit fifth in the standings under coach Walter Zenga: “I look forward to it very much. Hopefully we can win some trophies because it’s been a long time since they have won anything. Hopefully if we work well together we can have some success on the pitch.

“It came as a shock to me — we started talks two or three weeks ago. The club has a very interesting ambition and I look forward to it. It’s sort of like the job I once had at Notts County. I liked it there and I’m sure I’ll like it here too. There’s enormous possibility.”

He added: “But it’s a long term job, and of course, if you want a chance in football it doesn’t happen overnight. You need time.”