Having been appointed Arsenal’s head coach last Friday, Freddie Ljungberg admits he’d love to get on the blower with Arsene Wenger.
Luckily, the Frenchman, getting to grips with a new job of his own, is very much up for a chin wag with his former winger.
No doubt the Swede is desperate to pick his old boss’ brains, especially as he’s overseeing a team that seem to have forgotten how to attack and defend.
Asked whether contact had been made with Wenger, the Swede said they’d not yet chatted, although it sounds as though messages have been exchanged.
“I would really like to speak to him,” Ljungberg told his pre-Brighton press conference.
“I’m in contact with him but I haven’t spoke to him because it’s been a bit hectic, but it’s on my list to do so.”
A few hundred miles away, a similar question was posed to Wenger.
“I’m always happy to help my former players and my former club,” FIFA’s Chief of Global Development told Sky Sports News.
“If he has that need then of course I will be available.
“My heart is with the club and I want them to do well. Freddie is fantastically committed.
“He wanted this job for a long time. He has an opportunity. Let’s get him to work with his ideas and support him.”
Ljungberg was also asked why there was a lack of Swedish coaches in the Premier League; a slightly odd question given there are barely any English coaches in England, but there we go.
Surprisingly, Freddie didn’t have an answer as to why his compatriots, Sven Goran Eriksson aside, hadn’t made it big on these shores.
“I don’t know why that is, I think there are a lot of great Swedish coaches,” he said.
“Of course, it’s an honour and it feels special. I lived here for a long time now and I’ve just been trying to work as hard as I can to get a chance and they gave me a chance.
“At the same time, I don’t think it matters where you’re from, I just try to do a job.”
While Freddie never actually played under Eriksson, the boss (I think we’ll start calling him this now) revealed he used to catch up with the former England manager when he was still playing at Arsenal.
He said: “Sven is intelligent, I spoke to him a lot when he was the manager of England because he was watching our games.
“I know in the past, some stories of how he treated players and how he made them feel good and things like that.
“I have stolen a little bit of those ideas. He’s a great coach, it’s been a long time, and I hope I can speak to him soon.”