Speaking to Sky Sports – via Football 365 – Sven Goran Eriksson has revealed how he had the chance to manage Blackburn Rovers when they were in the Premier League.
Rovers are currently looking to get themselves back into the top flight via a potential play-off qualification this season – though a lot depends on them getting the chance to qualify with the season yet to have been given a green light for a restart.
Indeed, their time away has been tough at times but they’ll always fondly remember their period during the mid-90s when they beat Manchester United to the Premier League title and the great Jack Walker was running the show.
Former England boss, Eriksson, too, could have joined the revolution at Ewood Park but, after agreeing to join from Sampdoria, he had to cancel the deal as Lazio came calling and he was tempted by that.
The Swede explained:
“I signed the contract,” he said. “And I met Mr Walker, who was the big boss at that time. I signed the contract and I went back to Sampdoria where I still worked.
“I agreed to take over in a year. When I came back a couple of days later, Lazio phoned me. That was a difficult decision but I tried to convince Mr Walker to please let us destroy this contract. I wanted to go to Lazio.
“After a couple of meetings with him, he said, ‘OK, I understand’. He cancelled the contract. He was a great man and no hard feelings. But it was very close.”
There has been a few times where Sven was linked with roles in his country – both Manchester United and Chelsea were linked once he’d managed England whilst he ended up coaching Manchester City for a period.
The Blackburn deal never happened, though, and it is purely theoretical what would have happened had he taken the reins at Ewood Park.