Eriksson says he signed contract with Man United
Sven-Goran Eriksson says he signed a contract to become
Manchester United manager in 2002, just a year into his spell as
Eriksson says he couldn’t turn down coaching ”probably the
biggest club in the world” after being asked by then-United chief
executive Peter Kenyon if he wanted to replace Alex Ferguson, who
had announced he’d be leaving at the end of the 2001-02 season.
Eriksson, writing in his new autobiography that is being
serialized in British newspaper Mail on Sunday, says ”a contract
was signed – I was United’s new manager,” only for Ferguson to
make a U-turn and stay at United.
The well-traveled Swede managed England from 2001 to ’06 and
later took charge of United’s local rival, Manchester City. He
currently coaches Guangzhou R&F in China.