Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson reveals a terminal cancer diagnosis, expecting a maximum of one year left to live.
Having served as England’s inaugural foreign manager from 2001 to 2006, Eriksson resigned from his recent position as the sporting director at Swedish club Karlstad 11 months ago, citing health issues.
In an interview with Swedish radio station P1, the 75-year-old disclosed that he received the startling news after collapsing during a 5k run, despite being in good health prior to the incident.
Under his management, England achieved one of their most iconic victories with a 5-1 triumph over Germany in Munich in September 2001. Additionally, he guided the team to three consecutive quarter-final appearances in major tournaments.
Eriksson led England, Lazio, AS Roma and Manchester City throughout his career
Eriksson said: “Everyone can see that I have a disease that’s not good, and everyone supposes that it’s cancer, and it is. But I have to fight it as long as possible.
“I know that in the best case it’s about a year, in the worst case even less. Or in the best case I suppose even longer. I don’t think the doctors I have can be totally sure, they can’t put a day on it.”
While Eriksson’s time with England was arguably his most high-profile stint, it was just one among many significant roles in a managerial career that spanned over 40 years.
Furthermore, Eriksson added: “It’s better not to think about it. You have to trick your brain. I could go around thinking about that all the time and sit at home and be miserable and think I’m unlucky and so on.
“It’s easy to end up in that position. But no, see the positive sides of things and don’t bury yourself in setbacks, because this is the biggest setback of them all of course.
“It just came from nothing. And that makes you shocked.
“I’m not in any major pain. But I’ve been diagnosed with a disease that you can slow down but you cannot operate. So it is what it is.”