Sven Goran Eriksson did apply for Hartlepool United manager job

NOT WANTED: Sven Goran Eriksson
NOT WANTED: Sven Goran Eriksson

SVEN Goran-Eriksson’s managerial application DID land at Victoria Park.

It was speculated in the wake of Neale Cooper’s resignation three weeks ago that the Swede was readying his CV for the vacant position.

At the time it was presumed the story – which was played down by his agent – was merely rumour.

But chief executive, Russ Green, today confirmed to SportMail that the ex-England manager had expressed an interest in coming to Victoria Park.

“Sven actually did apply,” he revealed.“What would we have got – a circus?

“Was he using it for another job?

“You just don’t know and you have to evaluate everything.”

In the end it was John Hughes who was yesterday unveiled as the new boss at Clarence Road.

The Scot had featured on a shortlist alongside Phil Brown, Craig Short and Colin Cooper.

And, until contract talks with Brown broke down on Tuesday afternoon, it looked like he would land the role.

But Green had this to add on the subject of the recruitment process and Hughes’ eventual unveiling.

“We know with IOR (the owners) it takes time and we know it’s frustrating for the fans,” he said.

“But this is a crucial appointment for this football club – probably our most important in my time here.

“We’ve been aware of John for a couple of years and have spoken to a lot of people about him.

“We’re certain we’ve got the right man and he can lead us for a lot of years.”

He went on: “We had a lot of good applicants - including a Subbuteo manager from Essex who had taken his team to the final of the cup!

“On a serious note, we had a lot of good contenders and I think that shows how far the club has come from the old days, when we struggled to get a shortlist.

“It’s difficult to make one now because we had nearly 50 serious applicants.

“We think we’ve got the right one and we can’t wait for him to get started.”