Swedish national Sven-Goran Eriksson, the former manager of the England football team, confirmed Sunday that he is talking to Egypt’s Zamalek about the possibility of signing as their potential new coach.
“I have a contact with an agent who phoned me some days ago and asked if I would be interested in that,” said Eriksson to Mega FM.
“I told him at the moment I don’t have a job and I’m interested in everything. I’m waiting for another phone call tomorrow for more negotiations,” added Eriksson.
The Cairo team has been seeking new talent to replace Augusto Inacio, their former coach from Portugal, who was fired in early August after Zamalek’s Arab Championship elimination.
Mortada Mansour, the chairman of Zamalek, and recently, the subject of controversy in Egypt’s football scene, had a spat with Inacio prior to ending his contract. He has stated that the club’s new coach is going to be “world class”.
Multiple reports have been suggesting that Eriksson may be the current forerunner in the bid to fill Zamalek’s vacant spot. The club is reportedly also speaking with Franky Vercauteren, Belgium’s former coach.
About Sven-Goran Eriksson
Eriksson, 69 years old, began coaching in 1979 and dedicated the majority of his career to European football. He managed teams from Manchester City to Roma, Lazio, and Sampdoria.
The veteran coach led Lazio to win multiple titles, such as the 1999 European Cup of Cup Winners, the Italian Cup, Serie A, and more.
Eriksson also paved the way as England’s very first foreign manager in 2001.
Although the coach has limited experience working with African teams, he previously led the Ivory Coast’s national league in the 2010 World Cup.
Eriksson’s most recent coaching endeavour was at Shenzhen FC, a Chinese club, but he had to be released of his duties after losing nine matches in a row.