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Eriksson: I'm staying with Mexico

Sven Goran Eriksson has dismissed rumours linking him with a return to the Premier League as Portsmouth manager by insisting he will remain at the helm of Mexico until after the 2010 World Cup.

The former England and Manchester City manager had been strongly linked with the post, along with former Chelsea boss Avram Grant, after Tony Adams was sacked by Portsmouth on Monday.

"I always said I have contract until 2010, after the World Cup. In football, you never know what will happen but I have a contract," Eriksson said ahead of Mexico's World Cup qualifier against USA on Wednesday.

"It's very important to start winning but I don't think that my future depends on getting a good result tomorrow, life will go on. If we lose, we will have nine more games to qualify to the World Cup. But I repeat: I'm not thinking about a defeat."

Chelsea are also in the search for a new manager following the departure of Luiz Felipe Scolari also on Monday, although Russia coach Guus Hiddink has started negotiations over taking charge until the end of the season.

Eriksson did confirm Chelsea's Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich does have his phone number,

"I know he has my number and I certainly haven't spoken with him," added Eriksson.

Although he has ruled himself out of the running for both jobs the Swede admitted it was flattering to be linked with jobs in the Premier League.

"It's not bad to be linked with such good jobs. It's worse that they would never mention my name. So that's okay," Eriksson said. "But myself and the team are only focused on what's going to happen tomorrow."

Meanwhile, former Portsmouth first-team coach John Metgod has accused the club of not giving the coaching staff a chance to show their worth.

The Dutchman followed Adams out of the door on Monday after just three months at Fratton Park.

And Metgod has argued the 3-2 defeat to Liverpool was proof the system was working under Adams.

"For three months I worked well at Portsmouth," he told AD Sportwereld. "We often put on good performances.

"On Saturday we were 2-1 ahead with eight minutes to go. In the 93rd minute it was 3-2 to Liverpool because of an error in defence.

"The fans saw a spectacle and chanted the entire match for the coach. The real fans know that Tony didn't get an honest chance."

Metgod also believes the departures of Lassana Diarra and Jermain Defoe last month contributed to Portsmouth's - and Adams' - downfall.

"The personal situation of club owner Alexandre Gaydamak played an important role," he added.

"The financial crisis meant he was having problems and therefore sold players for millions.

"In the Premier League no other club has given up as much quality as Portsmouth. We were a ticking time bomb."

Despite a disappointing spell at Portsmouth, Metgod revealed he would jump at the chance to work with Adams in the future.

"Adams is an excellent coach," he said. "I got on really well with him and as a craftsman I have him high in my mind.

"If there is a chance, I want to work with him again - in England or Holland."


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