Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is now plying his trade in the Middle East. Inevitably, rumors have started flying about the next move for the man who once coached David Beckham.
The rumors concern Beckham and Al Nasr. All things considered, it's probably best to remain cautious with this one.
ESPN FC reports:
Newly appointed Al Nasr technical director Sven-Goran Eriksson says the club would "open the gate" for David Beckham to move to the UAE.
It was reported earlier this month that the Qatari league as also keen to offer Beckham a lucrative deal, but Eriksson opened the possibility of a move elsewhere in the Middle East after being unveiled at Al Nasr on Monday.
“I speak to him (Beckham) regularly, but I don’t know what he will do or where he will go," Eriksson told reporters. “I read that he could be coming here to the UAE, or to Australia, China or back to Europe. If he wants to come here, I am sure the club will open the gate for him to come."
Beckham, who captained England during Eriksson's tenure with the Three Lions, has been looking for a new club since leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy following their MLS Cup final win in December.
As long as Beckham remains on the market, anything is possible. That includes a move to the Middle East and Al Nasr.
But reading through Eriksson's comments, they come off as little more than wishful thinking. As the Swede said, many clubs around the world would welcome Beckham because of his combination of marketing and playing ability.
Unless he's playing an epic bluff, though, Eriksson doesn't seem to know where Beckham is going any more than the next guy does. The report even goes on to quote Eriksson as saying Al Nasr are unlikely to bring in any new players until the summer.
The story would have some appeal, with Beckham rejoining his former England manager in a new adventure in the Middle East. For now, though, it's best to treat this rumor with a healthy dose of skepticism.