40 Wednesday, 22 July 2009 London Lite LITESPORT Just Sven you thought it was safe... hes back SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON has set his sights on taking Notts County all the way to the Premier League after signing a five-year contract at Meadow Lane. The former England boss was unveiled as director of football at the League Two side today, with Ian McParland staying as coach. He said: I always said I wanted to come back to the Premier League. I chose a little bit of a difficult way to do it I think. It will take a few years, but I think we will do it. I think its the biggest football challenge of my life, trying to take Notts County back to the Premier League, but thats the target. The Swede revealed he was at first unsure about joining County. When my agent asked me if I would be interested in Notts County I said I am not sure about that, but after listening to the people and seeing the project that they had I said yes. Eriksson attempted to deflect questions he had joined the club for financial reasons. Asked why County fans should believe he would stay at the club for the duration of his five-year deal, the Swede said: I signed a contract first of all. Secondly, if it was for the money I could have easily gone elsewhere for much, much more money. Im not here for the weather, or if the city is nice or not. If that was the case then I could have gone to Italy. Eriksson admitted he knew little of the players in the bottom tier of the Football League, but said his high-profile status and expertise would help lure players. They have started phoning me from 4.30 this morning. I have had to switch my phone off, he said. Inbrief Ricky back on the Cats coach FORMER Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia has been appointed as Steve Bruces new chief scout. The Black Cats today confirmed the Scot had agreed to head up the clubs coaching set-up after being promised a job for life following his stint as first-team boss last season. Bruce said: Ricky has a wealth of knowledge and experience and Im delighted that he will be heading up our scouting operation. He will be a fantastic asset. Bjorn will Riise to the challenge NEW Fulham signing Bjorn Helge Riise claims he can make a similar impact to fellow Norwegians Brede Hangeland and Erik Nevland at Craven Cottage. The 26-year-old younger brother of former Liverpool star John Arne Riise, said: It is a dream come true for me to have signed for Fulham. Obviously I know Brede and Erik very well from the national team and they have only good things to say about the club. Ballack to the physios table MICHAEL BALLACK has left Chelseas US tour with a suspected broken toe and could miss the start of the season. The Germany midfielder is flying back to England for treatment after picking up an injury in training with the Blues. Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti said: On Monday Ballack took a knock on the toe, but everybody else is fine and didnt have injuries in this period. Russian Roman notsetforRoma ROMAN PAVLYUCHENKOS agent has dismissed reports linking the Tottenham striker with a move to Roma. Pavlyuchenko has failed to impress since arriving at White Hart Lane last summer and his future has been the subject of widespread speculation. However, the Russia forwards agent Viktor Kolar said: There have been no offers made either to the club or to the player. THIS FRIDAY FROM 5.15 PM CELTIC vs AL AHLY TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR vs FC BARCELONA THIS SUNDAY FROM 1.15 PM FC BARCELONA vs AL AHLY TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR vs CELTIC ONLY TWO DAYS TO KICK-OFF 0844 847 2540 | www.thewembleycup.comBkg fee Brought to you by THIS FRIDAY FROM 5.15 PM CELTIC vs AL AHLY TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR vs FC BARCELONA THIS SUNDAY FROM 1.15 PM FC BARCELONA vs AL AHLY TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR vs CELTIC ONLY TWO DAYS TO KICK-OFF 0844 847 2540 | www.thewembleycup.comBkg fee Brought to you by BY JAMES GOLDMAN Its Nott a joke: Sven at Notts County today Drog:Me and JT DIDIER DROGBA scored in Chel- seas 2-0 victory over Inter Milan and then declared he and John Terry are staying with the Blues. The striker, who is expected to announce that he has agreed a new three-yeardealinthenextfewdays, said: I have said before that I am happy at Chelsea and that I want to stay. I could finish my career here, I would love to do that. And on Terry, he said: Hes our captain and we need him and we know hes going to stay with us and win more trophies, Drogba, making his first appear- ance in pre-season following an injury-hit season in 2008-09, helped his club open their World Football Challenge account as a slick per- formance saw the Blues dominate former boss Jose Mourinhos side in front of 81,224 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena this morning. Of his side coming face to face with Mourinho, Drogba said: Its always nice to see him, he was a big part of Chelseas success and now were moving on. Wehaveanewmanagernowand were all happy for him because he won his second game out of two, so its all good. Were working hard, this is only the start and we want to be ready for the start of the season. Goals from Drogba in the 11th minute and a Frank Lampard pen- alty just after half-time gave Chel- sea the victory over the Italian champions. The impressive nature of the Blues performance more than the scoreline, however, will have delighted new head coach Carlo Ancelotti, especially coming so soon into the ex AC Milan chiefs first pre-season cam- paign and against his former cross-city rivals. Ancelottirevealedhismain strikerhasindicatedhewill stay to form a key part of the Italians new- look team. Drogba is a very important player for us and we want him to play for Chelsea, Ancelotti said. Hes irreplace- able as no other striker in the world can do the same job. Ive spoken with Drogba and know what he wants. He told me hes happy to stay. However, Ancelotti offered less encouragement to Andriy Shevchenko, who madehisnameplayingfor him at AC Milan. IspeaktoShevchenko every day and the situation is this: hes with us until August 31 and then we take a decision together. I dont know what will happen as the club has not received any offers. Ancelotti outwitted Mourinho who refused to atend the post- match press conference by playing two strikers up front and it is a system that he plans to maintain for the whole of next season. Drogba is welcoming the change, despite spending much of hisChelseacareer playingonhisown upfront.Headded: Its very interest- ing to play with two strikers. There will be lessworkformeandthere will be someone to share the defensive work. Thats good. Also, with the players in midfield we will create more chances and get the ball to score goals. The club will now fly to Baltimore to take on Ance- lottis former team, AC Milan. The Italian said: Im look- ing forward to facing Milan and seeing some old friends. 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