Sven Goran Eriksson has been appointed the director of football at Notts County, the English League Two side have confirmed. The former England manager, who was fired as Mexico coach in April, will take up the role with immediate effect following talks about taking a senior role at Meadow Lane. The Swede, 61, will be joined at Notts County by his long-term assistant Tord Grip, who will fill the role of general adviser. "I started my football management career at a small, lower-division Swedish club and we managed to get them into the top flight," Eriksson said in the statement. "I can think of no better challenge than to attempt to do that again." And the club's new executive chairman, Peter Trembling, hopes Eriksson's appointment will help them achieve their aim of long-term success. "One key element to our future success will be our ability to attract outstanding talent to work with us in all areas of the club," Trembling told the club's official website, www.nottscountyfc.co.uk.
He added: "Today we have taken the first major step in building our team of experienced and committed people by appointing Sven and Tord. "Sven and his team join us with an unrivalled football pedigree. Their knowledge of the game and contacts throughout the football world will significantly enhance Notts County's prospects." Formed in 1862, the oldest professional football club in the world was taken over by a Dubai-based consortium, Munto Finance, last month. The new owners announced their ambition to get the club into the second-tier Championship within five years when they completed their takeover. Eriksson will look after the club's youth academy as well as player development, transfer negotiations and building overseas links. County finished 87th of England's 92 professional football clubs last season.
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