Sven plays down Cottagers talk

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Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed that he may remain Ivory Coast manager until the next World Cup, dampening down rumours suggesting he was set to be revealed as Fulham's next boss.

The Cottagers were believed to have identified the Swede as the perfect replacement for Roy Hodgson who was unveiled as Liverpool's new manager earlier in the summer.

Former England manager Eriksson took over as Elephants boss on a short-term contract before the World Cup but was unable to guide his team through the group stage in South Africa.

However, Eriksson enjoyed the experience, telling Swedish broadcaster SVT:"They (Ivory Coast) were really pleased and I guess that I can stay on if I want to. If so, it will be for four years until the next World Cup finals.

"I'll make up my mind in a week or so. I have to do it soon since there are friendlies in August and qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations in September and October."

When asked about the Craven Cottage vacancy, the 62-year-old added: "I do not know, honestly. I do not think Fulham have decided what they want to do,"

Fulham are also believed to be interested in appointing Switzerland manager Ottmar Hitzfeld or United States boss Bob Bradley.

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