Eriksson holds talks with Dynamo Kiev - Report

November 6, 2006

KIEV, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Dynamo Kiev have held talks with former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson about taking charge of the struggling Ukrainian premier league side, local media reported on Monday.

The daily Sport-Express said the Swede, whose tenure as England coach ended in July following the team's quarter-final exit at the World Cup, was in Kiev last week to meet Dynamo boss Ihor Surkis.

Dynamo coach Anatoly Demyanenko said he was unaware of any talks with Eriksson about the Kiev post.

'My job is to coach the team, not worry about some comments in the press,' Demyanenko told reporters after Monday's 1-0 league victory over arch-rivals Shakhtar Donetsk.

'So my answer is no, I don't know anything about it.'

Eriksson has been linked with several European clubs in the past few months, although he has denied holding any negotiations.

Dynamo were unavailable for comment on Monday.

Though Dynamo top the Ukrainian league table, they have had a disappointing European season. Ukraine's most successful club have lost all four of their Champions League matches, conceding 13 goals and scoring only two.

Despite their poor showing in Europe, Surkis has backed under-fire Demyanenko.

'I can say I trust Demyanenko more than I ever trusted anyone else,' Surkis said last week.