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Eriksson denies link with North Korea post

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  • Sven-Goran Eriksson denies reports linking him with North Korea national side
  • North Korea have qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1966
  • Swede Eriksson director of football at English lower league club Notts County
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(CNN) -- Sven-Goran Eriksson has stated he has no interest in taking charge of the North Korea national side for next summer's World Cup finals.

Eriksson moved swiftly to deny reports linking him to guiding North Korea at the World Cup.

Eriksson moved swiftly to deny reports linking him to guiding North Korea at the World Cup.

It is understood the North Korean FA made an initial approach for the former England coach but the Swede has denied receiving any offer.

North Korea have qualified for the finals for the first time since they played in England in 1966.

Eriksson, who is now director of football at English lower league club Notts County, told Sky Sports News: "I don't have any offer and I have no plans to be manager, or whatever it is, for North Korea, absolutely not."

When asked whether he could assure people he would be staying at Notts County, the 61-year-old added: "Of course I can, absolutely."

Eriksson, the England manager from 2001-06, last worked in international football as head coach of Mexico but was sacked earlier this year after a run of poor results.

He has since taken up his role at English League Two side Notts County after a high-profile buyout at the East Midlands club.

Notts County chairman Peter Trembling has also issued a statement rubbishing reports Eriksson could be loaned to North Korea for the duration of the finals.

Trembling said: "We wish to make it clear that Notts County have not received any approach nor had any discussions whatsoever with the North Korean FA in relation to Sven-Goran Eriksson becoming an interim manager of their national team."

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