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Eriksson Tells The Rovers Story

Eriksson Tells The Rovers Story

Sven Goran Eriksson looked certain to take over as Blackburn Rovers manager in the late 1990s, before having a change of heart and taking over Lazio instead.

The former England manager, who is now manager of Sunday's Premiership opponents Manchester City had held talks with Rovers over the vacant job at Ewood Park, and had even signed a contract to accept the job but a late change of heart saw him tell Rovers legendary former owner Sir Jack Walker that he had changed his mind and wanted to go to Italy and Lazio instead, he even offered to pay the club compensation.

Many would have reacted VERY angrily, but not Uncle Jack, as Eriksson has revealed to the media: "I had signed a contract with Blackburn and phoned up Jack Walker and asked if it was possible to change my mind.

"I met him twice in England and Italy and told him I was prepared to pay compensation.

"He took the contract, did this (ripped it up) and said we would be friends forever.

"I do not feel bad about it. It happened many years ago.

"The first time I went back to Blackburn in my previous job, I wondered what people might say. But nothing happened
."


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Writer:Walker
Date:Saturday September 1 2007
Time: 10:24PM

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No matter what your views are of Eriksson (who I did not like with England) he is a WORLD-CLASS club manager and had he taken over at Rovers they could have been MASSIVE as he has always been successful at club level.
However, it did not happen but it is good to know that there were no hard feelings, I certainly hold no grudge.
Hughes Da Man
01/09/2007 22:26:00
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This just speaks volumes for the type of character the late Jack Walker had, RIP. I still haven't forgiven the calculated and greedy swede and never will. He is a weasel not to be trusted and in mnay ways I am glad he never managed us.
roversman
02/09/2007 10:00:00
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Personally I would be lying if I said I was glad that he didn't take over as Rovers manager, but he didn't.
I don't like the guy, and you are right he is a weasel, probably not to be trusted though!
Hughes Da Man
02/09/2007 19:35:00
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Not interested in that man.
platos
02/09/2007 21:18:00
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Shows the class that Jack had... immense character and ability to be a MAN unlike other petty chairmen and owners.
MikeyGamst
03/09/2007 12:53:00
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you may not be interested platosbut others may well be!!!! lol
MikeyGamst
03/09/2007 15:07:00
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platos - People may well not be intrested in what you say dude but it doesn't stop you saying it lol (that's a joke in case you get mad!!!)
Hughes Da Man
03/09/2007 22:57:00
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