Hodgson plays down Sweden talk

16 October 2009 04:12
Roy Hodgson has played down speculation linking him with the Sweden national team manager's job. The Fulham boss has been linked with the post after Lars Lagerback stepped down following Sweden's failure to earn qualification for next summer's World Cup. But Hodgson, who has previously coached Swedish sides Halmstads, Orebro and Malmo, says he wants to continue with the Cottagers. Asked about speculation that suggests he is on a short-list for the Sweden job, Hodgson told Sky Sports News: "I can't say it would surprise me I suppose. Credit "I spent 12 years there, I suppose that I and Bob Houghton (who also managed Malmo) are given a lot of credit for being father figures of the way that Sweden has gone about its business for the last 20 odd years. So I suppose I shouldn't say I would be surprised to hear that I was on a list of candidates." But he added Sweden have not had a foreign coach for many years and he believes they will go for a home-grown manager once again. "They've always gone for Swedish coaches and I'd be very, very surprised if they don't go for another Swedish coach," he said. "Secondly I'm quite happy here so hopefully my time here will continue a bit longer."

Source: SKY_Sports

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