The chief executive of the 2010 World Cup has identified Sven-Goran Eriksson as the ideal candidate to coach the host nation South Africa.

Danny Jordaan has been impressed with Eriksson’s record of bringing through young players since he became England manager five years ago.

“Sven has overseen the emergence of young players” Jordaan told BBC Sport.

“That sort of attitude would be important when building a new team for South Africa.

“England have moved away from the idea that if David Beckham isn’t available or Paul Scholes retires then the team is in trouble,” said Jordaan.

“There’s more depth and balance to the England team – whatever’s said about Eriksson, young players now have a permanent place in the squad and that sort of attitude would be important when building a new team for South Africa.”

Eriksson will step down as England coach after this summer’s World Cup in Germany.

South Africa are looking for an upturn in form following a dismal performance at the African Nations in.

“Our performance in Egypt was miserable,” admittec Jordaan.

“We now need a strong plan and a coach who’s been to the World Cup and understands the dynamics of the tournament.

“He must also start in 2006 to give him time to oversee the technical development of our football over the next four years.

“The question is can we afford not to afford the best possible coach? It would be a footballing disaster if South Africa fail in 2010,” added Jordaan.

“The performance of the host nation determines how the people embrace the whole event.”

“We can build the finest stadiums but people come to watch the football, not to admire the architecture. I don’t think the size of a salary is a consideration.”

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