Trembling: Eriksson 'perfect' for Notts
SVEN-Goran Eriksson is perfect for the role of director of football at Notts County, says executive chairman Peter Trembling.
Trembling is the figurehead of the Magpies' new owners Munto Finance, who gained control at Meadow Lane last week.
"I outlined my vision during the acquisition of the club and those plans were all about taking this club to the next stage," he said.
"For too long now the club has flirted with relegation and administration.
"This is a great club, a club that will celebrate its 150th anniversary in three years time.
"A director of football is a key position. It's about bringing somebody in who knows the world game, who has coached at the highest level.
"We wanted someone who, when we get into the Championship and hopefully the Premier League, has got the right contacts, the right knowledge of the game to bring in the right players and can support the first-team manager and the Centre of Excellence.
"Sven is perfectly suited for the job and he is here for the long term.
"I asked Sven "why Notts County?" and he said the challenge was irresistible. What a great coup for this football club."
Trembling believes Eriksson and first-team boss Ian McParland will complement each other well.
"Ian and Sven will work very closely together. Ian knows the division and the type of players we need to get out of it," he added.
Trembling would not reveal how much Eriksson will earn from his five-year deal – or the size of his share-holding in the club.
Meanwhile, former Notts County striker Kevin Wilson today backed Sven Goran Eriksson to make a success of it as the Magpies new director of football.
But Wilson – who signed for Notts for £225,000 from Chelsea in 1992 and stayed until 1994, believes the former England coach has plenty to offer.
Former Northern Ireland international Wilson, 48, is now manager at Blue Square North side Ilkeston Town.
"It is a massive boost for the club and it is nice to see this happening after some years of struggle," he said.
"Ian McParland has done a good job on a limited budget and I'm sure he'll look forward to working with Sven.
"People tend to forget that he (Eriksson) came through as a manager from a lower league team so he will know what it's all about.
"Of course the expectations will change, but I'm sure they will be able to cope with it.
"They will have some cash to help them attract some good players."