Former England manager Sven-Goran Erikson has revealed he turned the chance to manage the Super Eagles at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa after he was told by an official of the Nigeria Football Federation that his salary would be paid into two different bank accounts.
Erikson, 72, was among the coaches shortlisted for the Nigeria’s job after the late Amodu Shaibu was relieved of his job despite guiding the Super Eagles to a third place finish at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.
“I’ve never applied for a job in my entire life,”Erikson stated in an interview with branschen.se.
“All my assignments have come about through the results I have achieved. I have never gone through any traditional job interviews, never sat down and conducted any tests or been analysed.
“The closest I have come to an interview is that I met the owner or chairman of the club or national team during a dinner or some other context. But then it was really just about meeting to talk about terms and contracts.”
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Erikson added, “The only time I can remember having undergone any form that resembles an interview was when I was asked about the job of Nigeria’s national team coach in 2010 ahead of the World Cup in South Africa.
“I went down in the belief that I would meet the chairman of the national team association (NFF) and that it was really only contract formalities that we would go through. But when I arrived, several coaches had received the same invitation, including Lars Lagerbäck. I was very surprised but found myself quite quickly.
“After a while, I was called into the room with a chairman who declared that they wanted me as a coach, but with the proviso that my salary would be divided into two parts: one that I got into my account and another that would be deposited into another account that was not in my name. “There I refused on the standing. I thought something didn’t go right,”
Swedish coach Lagerbäck would go on to get the job at that time.