Eriksson says love of football brought him to UAE

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2013 at 12:29 pm •  Published: January 21, 2013
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Khoury said part of the goal will be improving the professionalism at Al Nasr, a shortcoming of many clubs in the United Arab Emirates where crowds are sparse and sponsorship almost nonexistent. Many clubs depend on the kindness of their benefactors which in many cases are linked to country's ruling families.

Eriksson said he would also have a role in bringing in fresh talent to the club and offering advice on how the team can improve. But the job of coaching the team, he said, will be left to Italian Walter Zenga, the former Italy goalkeeper whom Eriksson coached during a stint at Sampdoria.

"I went down to the pitch and met with the players, Zenga and his coaching staff," Eriksson said. "I told everyone I'm not there as coach or manager. I'm here as an adviser. He is coaching. This shouldn't put any pressure on him at the moment. That wouldn't be right."

Still, Eriksson said he still has a desire to return to management one day — although he acknowledged that time was running out.

"Coaching. Who knows when the contract finishes?" he said. "I am starting to be of certain age so I don't know if anyone wants me as a coach anymore. I feel younger than I am and I'm in love with football as I have been all my life. That hasn't changed."

Asked whether Al Nasr was a step down considering another former England coach, Fabio Capello, is in charge of Russia, the soft-spoken Eriksson insisted he was just "happy to be involved in football." He added that at least he will be "living in a place warmer than Capello."

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