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Name Henrik Larsson
Gender Male
Birthplace Helsingborg
Ethnic Swedish
Job Swedish Footballer

Affiliation

Org Sweden National Team
Club as Player Celtic FC
  Manchester United
  Helsingborgs

2016 12 10 Retrieve

[Henrik Larsson talks about his brief loan spell at Manchester United in 2007] That’s the only regret I have in my career. I should have stayed, as it would have meant I got a Premier League winner’s medal, and I would have stayed for one more season. But I still had a contract with Helsingborgs and I feel that when you sign a contract, you have to see it out. Everything was professional at Manchester United. When I had to attend a christening for my brother’s children, the club ordered a plane to take me there after a match. United really take care of all their players

2017 01 07 Retrieve

[Henrik Larsson tells FourFourTwo that his son would never join the Scottish club’s rivals Rangers] He would never do that. It’s up to him what he wants to do. If he’s good enough, he will get the chance. He’s promising, for sure, but there’s more pressure on him than on any other 19-year-old here in Sweden. In the first part of this season, he was fantastic, but when things don’t go so well, he gets a little too much stick because he’s my son. But he’s strong enough to handle things

2018 03 03 Retrieve

[Henrik Larsson speaks about his coaching ambitions] In England, somewhere. I want to be at a big team, in the big leagues again. I understand that I have to prove myself as a manager. I think I have the potential, I have a lot of knowledge to share, and I think I’m well equipped to translate my thoughts to the players. Time will tell

2019 11 15 Interview

[Chris Sutton: When Southend first came calling, you texted me asking what do I know about the town. Can you remember my reply?] You answered: ‘It has an airport’. The thing is, even though I played at a certain level, in order to come in to the English system, you have to start somewhere. I’m realistic enough to know I won’t be offered a Premier League club, or even a Championship club

[Chris Sutton: Why not?] Because that’s not the way it works. The longer you’re out of football, the more difficult it is to get back in. You’ve forgotten quite quickly. I’m not a guy who does interviews, or television, or, as we say in Swedish, ‘natverk’ [network], so you meet people who know people who have influence in clubs

In Sweden, I’ve been more or less offered jobs. This was the first proper job interview I’ve had, and we were agreed, 100 per cent. Then Tommy Johnson called me, said he was sorry but he had another offer. Obviously I wasn’t very pleased

[Chris Sutton: So why England? You’ve managed a few clubs here in Sweden. Would you do that again?] In Sweden, no. In Scandinavia, no. As a player, I played at the highest level, and I want to see if it is possible to reach that as a manager. Why England? It’s the culture, the love of the game. But I can accept that the owners in the Premier League don’t want me as their manager. I can accept that. I’m not afraid. I believe in myself. I don’t need to work a day more in my life, but I love the game

[Chris Sutton: Has coaching changed? The first 11 v 11 session I ever did was under Roy Hodgson at Blackburn in 1997] Was that the year you lost against Trelleborgs (the Swedish minnows in the UEFA Cup)?

[No, but thank you for bringing that up] Coaching has changed. To be honest, when I played, I didn’t listen that much to the coaches. We had game plans, then it was up to me to do my thing

[Chris Sutton: I suspect it would be difficult for you to take a job in Scotland other than you-know-who?] I would have to agree. I was offered the Celtic job once, around 2015. I was manager of Falkenberg. I had a meeting with the owner and another member of the board, and they wanted me. But I saw some things. I asked them a few questions about different things and I wasn’t really pleased with the answers I got

[Chris Sutton: Southend have lost every league game since Sol Campbell took charge. Maybe you dodged a bullet] No, because I have a high belief in myself. I’m sure we could have done something there. What I can offer as a manager is I know what it takes. The knowhow; the sacrifices you have to make to play at a high level. Even though it was 15 years ago (when I played), I know what it takes. Football is not a new game