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EXCLUSIVE: Pompey close in on deal for Sven as his Mexico dream collapses

15 February 2009 07:26
Sven Goran-Eriksson is on the brink of returning to the Premier League this week, providing Portsmouth

can work out a satisfactory severance deal with the former England coach's current employers, the Mexican FA.

Sources close to the relegation-threatened club say there is no other person currently on Portsmouth's wanted list as their successor to manager Tony Adams, who was sacked last week after just 15 games in sole charge.

Having made an initial approach for Eriksson last week, Portsmouth are prepared to wait a reasonable time in order to clinch a deal with the Swede. A source close to the negotiations said: 'The two parties have discussed a move on three occasions already.'





I'll be back: Eriksson is keen to return to the Premier League which could be made possible with a move to Portsmouth

Eriksson's future as coach of Mexico is in doubt after his team lost a crucial World Cup qualifier against the United States 2-0 last Wednesday. The Swede, sacked by Manchester City

at the end of last season, is known to be keen to return to the Premier League.

A complicating factor, however, is the £2.7 million in compensation that Eriksson is thought to be able to claim should he be dismissed by Mexico.

An awareness that he could walk immediately into another job has made the Mexican authorities less inclined to wield an axe that would force them to settle the remainder of his contract.

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Pompey would also be reluctant to fork out compensation to the Central American country knowing that by waiting, they could get him for nothing. Mexico are understood to have lined up former Atletico Madrid coach Javier Aguirre as Eriksson's replacement.

Aguirre, 50, a favourite in his homeland after spells as both player and coach for the national team was sacked by Atletico two weeks ago despite taking them into this season's Champions League.

A campaign is growing in Mexico to give him a second spell in charge, after he led them to the last 16 of the 2002 World Cup and to the final of 2001 Copa America.





Holding the fort: Brian Kidd and Paul Hart

If Eriksson, 61, does complete a move to Portsmouth, he could be reunited with his England No 2, Brian Kidd, who was brought in by the club last week to work alongside caretaker manager Paul Hart. They grabbed a much-needed 2-0 win at home to Manchester City.

Eriksson's appointment would be welcomed by Pompey's players, according to their England goalkeeper David James.

He said: 'It would be a big statement by the club, without a doubt. If he's up for the job, then why not? As an England manager, he's the second-best I've played under. And I mean that as a compliment.'

James and other Portsmouth players were canvassed for their views by executive chairman Peter Storrie and owner Alexandre Gaydamak, and Eriksson's name was prominent in their discussions.

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Source: Daily_Mail