Ex England football boss Eriksson joins Dubai club

Sven-Goran Eriksson confirmed as Dubai club Al Nasr's technical director
Former Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson waves to the fans before a match against Liverpool at Anfield, on May 4, 2008. (Getty Images)
By Claire Valdini
Mon 21 Jan 2013 10:44 AM

Former England football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson will join Dubai-based club Al Nasr as technical director.

Eriksson, who has been linked with Blackburn, Ukraine and 1860 Munich in recent weeks, told the BBC the move would be confirmed on Monday.

“Things are not finalised yet, but they could be tomorrow [Monday],” he said.

Al Nasr spokesperson Mohammed Mubarak later confirmed Eriksson had accepted the post.

Dubai-based Al Nasr, coached by former Italian goalkeeper Walter Zenga, are currently fifth in the UAE Pro League after finishing second the previous season. The team is currently attempting to qualify for the Asian Champions League.

Eriksson, who has just finished a temporary role as technical director of Thai club BEC Tero Sasana, is one of a number of European football managers to be lured to the GCC in recent years.

Former Arsenal player and Leeds United coach David O’Leary coached UAE Al Ahli football club while Dutch legend Frank Rijkaard managed the Saudi Arabian national team for 18 months before he was fired last week.

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