Philippines appoint Eriksson head coach

Sven-Goran Eriksson shaking hands with Philippines team manager Dan Palami at the announcement ceremony in Manila yesterday. The 70-year-old Swede previously led England to two quarter-final appearances at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, and also won t
Sven-Goran Eriksson shaking hands with Philippines team manager Dan Palami at the announcement ceremony in Manila yesterday. The 70-year-old Swede previously led England to two quarter-final appearances at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, and also won the 2000 Serie A with Lazio.PHOTO: TWITTER

Former England manager signs six-month deal, will lead Azkals at AFF Cup next month

Not content with the leaps and bounds they have made to rise from world No. 195 in 2006 to their current 116th ranking, the Philippines national team have signalled their intent to achieve a breakthrough in Asian football by securing the services of former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson.

The Sunday Times has learnt that the 70-year-old Swede has signed an initial six-month deal that will see him take charge of the Azkals for the AFF Suzuki Cup next month and the Asian Cup next year, with an option to extend for a longer term.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 28, 2018, with the headline 'Philippines appoint Eriksson head coach'. Print Edition | Subscribe