Swedish national and former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson will call the shots for the Azkals heading into their biggest stints
By Klyde Manansala | Photo from STR
Ahead of the Philippine national football team’s biggest stints, the Azkals will kick their way into the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup with a new head coach in tow.
Sven-Goran Eriksson, a former England football team manager, will spend some time with the Azkals after inking an initial six-month contract. The 70-year-old seasoned mentor is known for injecting his football knowledge into Italian football clubs such as Roma, Fiorentina, and Lazio national teams.
JUST IN: @TheAzkalsPH agree to terms with former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson on an initial six-month engagement which means he will be handling team in @affsuzukicup and @afcasiancup. Eriksson (with Azkals manager @dscpalami) will work together with Scott Cooper. pic.twitter.com/KBYNLR16fQ
— Cedelf P. Tupas (@cedelfptINQ) October 27, 2018
The England national football team, also known as the Three Lions, is seen as Eriksson’s best coaching performance of his career after he led the squad to the 2004 Euro and 2006 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals. With a veteran coach and manager patrolling the sidelines for the Azkals, what could this mean for the future of the Philippine national football team? Here’s how some of the football fans see the momentous move:
“He focuses on team chemistry and grassroots programs. He aims for cohesiveness. But mainly, he can bring World Cup pedigree. Results will have to depend on his management skills and how the team responds to his adjustments.”
“He managed a few international football teams before but didn’t really have much success. But he’s also handled some of the great players from the previous generation like David Beckham, Paulo Scholes, Steven Gerrard, and Frank Lampard during his tenure with the England football team—so I think he can bring out the best in our young players.”
this guy keeps getting job after job then gets sacked. so what exactly is philippines target when they hired him?!
— Peter DF (@EastAsianPeter) October 27, 2018
The #Azkals just had their biggest signing ever and he's in the land. Welcome to the Philippines Sir Sven Goran Eriksson. Exciting times ahead. 👊⚽
— Prince Gershom (@princegershom) November 6, 2018
There are really Filipinos that don't like the Sven Goran Eriksson appointment.
Man how much of an idiot do you have to be to not see this is a huge step forward
— Roland Uy (@rolanduy) November 2, 2018
Sven-Goran Eriksson always falls on his feet with lucrative contracts despite constantly getting sacked. How does he do it? I'd love to know how he keeps finding another schmuck to fall for it – this time the #Philippines national team. Only in football, can failure be rewarded
— Justin Allen (@justinallen1976) October 27, 2018