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Eriksson claims he was offered Chelsea job twice

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Ex-England manager Sven Goran-Eriksson claims he was offered the Chelsea job twice, in his new autobiography that was released on Tuesday, reports the Daily Telegraph.

In a recent serialisation of the 65-year-old's book, Eriksson sensationally revealed that he signed a pre-contract agreement with Manchester United in 2002, but missed out on the Old Trafford hot-seat after Sir Alex Ferguson made a u-turn on his retirement decision.

Now, the Swedish coach says that he twice turned down the opportunity to take over at Stamford Bridge, after holding talks with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

The first occasion more than likely came in 2003, a matter of months after the Russian billionaire had bought the west London club.

With Eriksson still in charge of the England national team, he hit the headlines after being photographed arriving for a secret meeting at Abramovich's house.

The Three Lions boss later released a statement through the Football Association - detailed again by the Daily Telegraph - in an attempt to explain the potentially embarrassing meeting, and reiterated his commitment to England, without denying that he had in fact been offered the chance to replace Claudio Ranieri at Chelsea.

Five years later, Eriksson was linked with the Chelsea job again, as The Guardian reported how the then Manchester City manager was waiting to see what would happen to Avram Grant at Stamford Bridge.

The Israeli head coach was sacked by the Blues on 24 May 2008, just days after losing the Champions League final against Manchester United in Moscow.

However, 10 days later on June 3, Eriksson was announced as the new manager of the Mexico national team, paving way for Luiz Felipe Scolari to begin his ill-fated seven month spell in west London from July 1, 2008.

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