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Eriksson says he signed contract with Man United

November 3, 2013

LONDON (AP) — Sven-Goran Eriksson says he signed a contract to become Manchester United manager in 2002, just a year into his spell as England manager.

Eriksson says he couldn’t turn down coaching “probably the biggest club in the world” after being asked by then-United chief executive Peter Kenyon if he wanted to replace Alex Ferguson, who had announced he’d be leaving at the end of the 2001-02 season.

Eriksson, writing in his new autobiography that is being serialized in British newspaper Mail on Sunday, says “a contract was signed — I was United’s new manager,” only for Ferguson to make a U-turn and stay at United.

The well-traveled Swede managed England from 2001 to ’06 and later took charge of United’s local rival, Manchester City. He currently coaches Guangzhou R&F in China.

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