Eriksson to replace Liverpool-bound Hodgson
By Soccernet staff
June 25, 2010
Liverpool are on the brink of finalising the appointment of Roy Hodgson as the club's new manager and Sven Goran Eriksson is the favourite to replace him at Fulham.
Hodgson will return to England from South Africa, where he has been working as a World Cup pundit for the BBC, on Friday and will enter into final negotiations with Anfield officials.
The make-up of Hodgson's backroom staff is one of the key issues still to be resolved, with the former Inter manager eager to take Fulham assistant manager, Mike Kelly, with him.
Hodgson beat several other candidates, including former Real Madrid and Villarreal coach Manuel Pellegrini and Anfield legend Kenny Dalglish, to replace Rafael Benitez, who left Liverpool last month.
Former England manager Eriksson is top of Fulham's shortlist to replace Hodgson at Craven Cottage, with Mark Hughes and Tony Mowbray also reportedly on the hit-list.
Eriksson is currently in charge of Ivory Coast at the World Cup, but the Elephants are expected to bow out of the competition on Friday and the Swede can then consider his options.
"As usual there are rumours and agents phoning, but we will see," Eriksson said. "I haven't thought about my future and I haven't spoken to anyone because I don't want to do that during the World Cup."