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Former England boss Eriksson joins Thai club BEC Tero

Published on Sep 3, 2012 4:59 PM
Former England football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, (center), poses while holding a jersey with Brian Marcar (right), chairman of Thai club BEC-Tero Sasana, and Suwat Liptapulop (left), adviser for the Thai Football Association, during their meeting in Bangkok on Sept 3, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson was unveiled as technical director of Thai club BEC Tero Sasana on Monday, the first venture by the Swede into Asian soccer in his colourful 35-year coaching career.

Eriksson, 64, will oversee strategic planning and support coaching staff of the two-times Thai champions, who become his latest club after stints in charge of some of the biggest teams in European soccer.

"I believe the players are eager to learn from a world-class expert," Mr Robert Procureur, the club's general manager, said in a statement prior to Eriksson's arrival. "Apart from the improvement of the team, I believe that his arrival will draw positive international attention to the Thai Premier League."

The former AS Roma, Manchester City, Benfica and Lazio coach takes over a Bangkok-based club currently fourth in the league table and struggling to regain their form since winning back-to-back championships in 2001 and 2002 and finishing runner up in the two seasons after.