Ex-England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson appointed Philippines manager as Swede continues global coaching odyssey
- Sven-Goran Eriksson will take charge of the Philippines national team
- His first assignments will be next month’s Suzuki Cup and 2019 Asian Cup
- 70-year-old has recently been linked with Iraq and Cameroon posts
- Eriksson managed England at three tournaments between 2001 and 2006
- He has also coached in seven other countries during managerial career
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson will take charge of the Philippines national team at next month’s Suzuki Cup and the finals of the Asian Cup next year.
The 70-year-old, who was recently linked with the head coach’s role in both Iraq and Cameroon, is expected to arrive in Manila next week for the team’s training camp ahead of the regional Suzuki Cup, which kicks off on November 8.
‘One of the most legendary coaches of all time, coach Sven Goran Eriksson, will be coaching the Azkals for the Suzuki Cup and the Asian Cup,’ team manager Dan Palami said during the Suzuki Cup trophy tour in Manila on Saturday.
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has been appointed Philippines manager
Eriksson has taken a number of positions around the world during his globe-trotting career
‘I’m sure he will be a great addition to the team and I’m sure the players will learn a lot from him.
‘He will be working together with our coach, Scott Cooper. That’s one of the moves that we have made to allow us to do better in this edition of the Suzuki Cup.’
Eriksson takes charge of the team two months after Terry Butcher stepped down from the role without having led a training session.
The former England captain was appointed in June only to announce in August that he would not be continuing in the role.
Eriksson and a disappointed David Beckham following England’s 2006 World Cup exit
Eriksson took charge of England at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups and Euro 2004
Eriksson’s managerial career
1977-1978 Degerfors (Sweden)
1979-1982 IFK Gothenburg (Sweden)
1982-1984 Benfica (Portugal)
1984-1987 Roma (Italy)
1987-1989 Fiorentina (Italy)
1992-1997 Sampdoria (Italy)
1997-2001 Lazio (Italy)
2007-2008 Manchester City (England)
2010 Ivory Coast
2010-2011 Leicester City (England)
2013-2014 Guangzhou R&F (China)
2014-2016 Shanghai SIPG (China)
2016-2017 Shenzhen FC (China)
Eriksson, meanwhile, has been out of work since leaving Chinese second division side Shenzhen FC in June 2017 but has been linked with a number of positions.
The former England and Ivory Coast coach, who won the Serie A title in 2000 during his time with Lazio, will work alongside Cooper, who has been in charge of day-to-day affairs in the Philippines since Butcher stood down.
The Philippines face Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and East Timor in the regional tournament before playing at the Asian Cup finals for the first time in January.
They will meet South Korea, China and Kyrgyzstan at the tournament in the United Arab Emirates.
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