Allardyce out at Rovers

Eriksson, Maradona not in frame

December 15, 2010
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Leicester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson says he has no intention of quitting the club in order to replace Sam Allardyce at Blackburn Rovers, with the Premier League side further insisting that Diego Maradona is not a contender for the job.

Sven-Goran Eriksson has Premier League experience following his time with Manchester City
GettyImagesSven-Goran Eriksson has Premier League experience following his time with Manchester City

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Eriksson, who famously agreed to join Rovers in 1997 before backtracking and taking charge of Lazio, is reported to be a possible contender to take over at Ewood Park.

But having only joined Leicester in October, the former England manager remains committed to succeeding at the Walkers Stadium.

"Everyone wants to get into the Premier League, but I think we can do that with Leicester," he told the Leicester Mercury. "I am happy here and I am not interested in any other jobs.

"I can sign tomorrow for three, four or five years if the owners want. But I am sure they want to see what is happening this season and next season - and that's fair. What the owner wants in that time is the Premier League."

Venky's, the Indian poultry company that owns Rovers, had stated an interest in former Argentina coach Maradona, but Rovers owner Anuradha Desai has now insisted they will not be approaching him.

"This is something that because we have offices everywhere somebody spoke about, but it is not true. There is no connection," Desai told BBC Five Live. "This is something from before we got into the EPL - he knows one of our friends, but nothing beyond that.

"He is not being considered, not now and forever for the future. I can assure you there is nothing we are having to do with Maradona."