Eriksson has Backe in frame for Magpies post

Sven Goran Eriksson's former assistant Hans Backe will have talks with Notts County regarding the vacant managerial post at the League Two club. Eriksson, director of football at Meadow Lane, is leading the search for Ian McParland's successor after the Scot was sacked. Backe has won four Danish titles with FC Copenhagen and Aalborg.

Backe, who like Eriksson was on the shortlist to become the next head coach of the Sweden national team, has spent much of his managerial career in Scandinavia and has won four Danish titles with FC Copenhagen and Aalborg.

The 57-year-old has also had spells at Austrian side SV Salzburg and Greek giants Panathinaikos.

He has a long association with Eriksson, having been his number two at Manchester City and the Mexico national team.

Asked if his move to Meadow Lane was finalised, he told, "No, but everything suggests that will be the case.

"I fly to England on Monday afternoon and will meet with Notts County and read through the contract. If everything is sorted out, I will take over immediately.

"I've been thinking about it and came to the conclusion that I prefer to be a club coach. I have experience from the time in Mexico that you only have training every six weeks.

"You should never say never, but I'm more the type to be out on the field every day and affect things.

"I never had a specific offer [from Sweden], but I could have had a meeting with technical director Lars Richt, which I declined."