Former Man City & England boss Eriksson wants Jets job

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Sven-Goran Eriksson, 71, is in the frame to replace Ernie Merrick at the Australian club.
Sven-Goran Eriksson, 71, is in the frame to replace Ernie Merrick at the Australian club.

Former Manchester City and England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is among the applicants for the vacant Newcastle Jets job, according to the club's CEO Lawrie McKinna.

A-League side Newcastle are searching for a new head coach after sacking Ernie Merrick on Monday, with the Jets languishing at the foot of the table.

Swedish veteran Eriksson, who has been out of work since stepping down as Philippines coach following their Asian Cup debut in 2019, is in the frame to replace Merrick.

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"After the third goal on Sunday night [in a 4-0 loss to Melbourne Victory] we had six CVs actually come through during the game, which I think is quite rude, but some agents were sending through CVs," McKinna told reporters on Tuesday.

"Ten have come in this morning. Some of the names ... I got one of the ex-English manager Sven-Goran Eriksson's CV sent through yesterday.

"We'll be looking all over. But we need someone who's going to come in and offer something, has got a bit of a track record and can stamp something here and be here for the right reasons."

A Serie A winner with Lazio – having also claimed silverware at Benfica, Roma and Sampdoria – Eriksson has vast experience in Asian football.

The 71-year-old, who managed England for five years before moving to City in 2007, coached Chinese clubs Guangzhou R&F (2013-14), Shanghai SIPG (2014-16) and Shenzhen FC (2016-17).

Eriksson was also reportedly interested in the vacancies at Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory last year before Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler and Marco Kurz were appointed respectively.

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