Eriksson dismisses North Korea move

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Sven-Goran Eriksson has stated he has no interest in taking charge of the North Korea national side for next summer's World Cup.

It is understood the North Korean FA made an initial approach for the former England boss but the Swede has denied receiving any offer. North Korea have qualified for the finals for the first time since they played in England in 1966.

Eriksson, who is now director of football at Notts County, told Sky Sports News: "I don't have any offer and I have no plans to be manager, or whatever it is, for North Korea, absolutely not."

When asked whether he could assure people he would be staying at Meadow Lane, the 61-year-old added: "Of course I can, absolutely."

Eriksson, the England manager from 2001-06, last worked in international football as head coach of Mexico but was sacked earlier this year after a run of poor results.

He has since taken up his role at League Two Notts County following a high-profile buyout at the East Midlands club.

Notts County chairman Peter Trembling has also issued a statement rubbishing reports Eriksson could loaned to North Korea for the duration of the finals.

Trembling said: "We wish to make it clear that Notts County have not received any approach nor had any discussions whatsoever with the North Korean FA in relation to Sven-Goran Eriksson becoming an interim manager of their national team.

"Sven is concentrating all his efforts and is totally focussed on the appointment of our new manager in succession to Ian McParland.

"It is correct that I am making a business trip to Asia but this is solely and exclusively on official Notts County business. I will be visiting Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Thailand to discuss a range of Notts County initiatives linked to our 150th anniversary."

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