Onside: Next Pools appointment to be Sven-sational?

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JUST when you think you’ve heard it all before as a Hartlepool United fan and then along comes Sven-Goran Eriksson.

What have a former international manager and a League One side got in common?

Well, not a lot you would have thought, until today when Pools fans woke to the news the former England, Lazio and Manchester City manager has been linked with Pools.

You could be forgiven for thinking it was April 1.

On the face of it, Sven taking charge seems both bizarre and ridiculous and unlikely to happen given the tight budget and the club’s previous managerial appointments – indeed, my SportMail colleagues have today played down the story.

But stranger things have happened - after all, Pools managed to come from behind to secure a point at the weekend.

Apparently sources “close” to the Swede reckon he is interested in leaving his current role as technical director at Thai club BEC Tero Sasana and replacing Neale Cooper.

If that is true – which we doubt it is - many fans would question his motivation in joining a side bottom of League One with just eight points from 15 games.

Maybe he is after a new challenge and what a challenge it would be.

Imagine if he got the job.

The Town End would be awash with Wags, the club shop would have to stock up on ABBA’s greatest hits and food kiosks would be overrun with demand for Swedish meatballs.

Elsewhere, Phil Brown remains a leading contender for the job and the man currently in the hot seat won’t have done his chances any harm with the draw against Brentford.

I wasn’t there but judging by the reports, Pools showed a lot of character to come back twice to grab a point and boost caretaker Micky Barron’s chances.

That character had been missing so far this season but, as is so often the case once a manager departs, it returned and we even managed to benefit from two own goals.

Work colleagues were quick to joke that OG is currently vying for the top scorer trophy at the end of the season.

Hopefully the confidence-boosting draw will spur the players on to a good run of form, starting with this weekend’s first round FA Cup clash with Chesterfield FC.

One thing is for sure though, it will be interesting to see if Sven is watching from the stands.