Pompey appeals to Sven

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Sven-Goran Eriksson has made it clear he is interested in becoming Portsmouth's new manager.

Eriksson's agent, Athole Still, has revealed the former England and Manchester City boss is ready to return to club football, and the Premier League in particular.

Still said: "He is looking forward to getting back into club management and wants to be back in the Premier League."

"It (Portsmouth) is a club with money and a club that looks like it will have ambition, which is very important to any top manager. Of course it would be a club that interests him."

It was anticipated Paul Hart would be handed a long-term deal at Fratton Park after steering the club clear of relegation during his caretaker spell in charge from February.

But that was before a takeover by Arabian property tycoon Sulaiman Al Fahim was announced on Wednesday, suggesting Pompey may now go for a high-profile appointment able to attract big-name players.

Eriksson was linked with Pompey in February after Tony Adams' departure, but at that time was under contract with Mexico. However, Eriksson was sacked a month later due to a disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign, with a 3-1 loss to Honduras proving the last straw.

Still added: "Sven was interested before when Portsmouth were looking for a replacement for Tony Adams.

"All that I would say at the moment is he has an interest in coming back to the Premier League, and has an interest in being involved with any club that has genuine ambitions.

"He wants to be back in the game within weeks rather than months, and has offers on the table at home and abroad. At this moment in time, there has been no official approach from Portsmouth, though."

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