Henrik Larsson at the Swedish Sports Gala at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, 2014. Credit:
Since retirement from playing and embarking on your coaching career, you are always linked with the Celtic job. Is that something you are used to now?
You’re right it’s been like that and to be honest I think it will always be like that in the years ahead while I’m in this line of work. For me, that’s just the way it is as I’m so connected with Celtic that my name will always be mentioned there and I’m so fortunate to still be remembered as a player and hopefully as a person as well. It isn’t a burden in any way. It’s a blessing.
Your former teammate Neil Lennon is in charge of the club. In the future though, is the Celtic job something that you aspire to do?
Time will tell if things are going to be like that. It’s impossible for me to give an answer that isn’t misinterpreted by some. So as I say, time will tell if things will be like that.
You have been linked with other managerial posts in the U.K. Is managing in the U.K. something that’s high on your agenda for the future?
Yes. It’s a culture that I’m accustomed to and a language that I have a decent grasp of. Of course it would interest me however it’s very tough to get in. You need to know the right people or the right agent.
I’ve had a few projects and proposals put to me but I just felt that they weren’t right for me. Although, if one day an interesting offer comes my way then I will consider it but crucially it has to be a club and an owner that is on the same wavelength as me because that is the most important thing.
Henrik is now the assistant coach to Ronald Koeman at FC Barcelona. He also played for the club between 2004 and 2006. During his time in Catalonia, he won two La Liga titles, the Spanish Super Cup and the Champions League.