Arsenal Women boss Jonas Eidevall’s press conferences are always fun, purely because you never know what’s coming next.
A little over a year-and-half ago, Eidevall went off-piste to talk about his admiration for Crystal Palace’s Roy Hodgson for how he changed Swedish football from his time with Halmstads BK and Malmo.
At that time, Hodgson had just been installed as Watford manager and as luck would have it, the Hornets train right next door to the Gunners at London Colney.
Eidevall went onto add it would be a ‘dream’ to meet Hodgson, but as yet, a coffee with the 76-year-old hasn’t taken place.
However, Hodgson’s impact on Eidevall’s career cannot be underestimated and the Swede also cites former Chelsea boss Graham Potter as another role model during his early years in coaching.
“No [I’ve not had that coffee with Roy] because now, he’s getting busier,” Eidevall laughs, speaking exclusively to talkSPORT.
“I spoke to him [Hodgson] at one of the LMA awards dinners and that was after he’d been at Watford and I said: ‘Maybe now you have more time,’ but you know what, he’s done very well and kept himself very busy in the game.
“I might have to wait for that coffee a little bit longer! He’s an inspiration to a lot of Swedish coaches for what he achieved in Sweden.
“You [also] have a person like Bob Houghton, who was also in Sweden, especially in the city of Malmo, which is close to where I’m from. He made a real mark.
“Also, I think you have to mention a British coach like Graham Potter. What he was able to achieve with Ostersunds and showing what you can achieve with a combination of really good leadership and really good tactical knowledge was very inspirational.”
Eidevall was appointed as Arsenal Women head coach in 2021 andRead on talksport.com