Eriksson says media intrusion damaged his career

Fri Nov 8, 2013 11:11am EST
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By Philip O'Connor

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sven-Goran Eriksson believes media intrusion into his private life during his time as England manager damaged his chances of getting other big jobs, he said in an interview with Reuters.

Eriksson, now coaching Guangzhou in China, was England boss from 2001 to 2006, leading them to two World Cup quarter-finals and the same stage at the European Championship.

His face was familiar on both the front and back pages of British newspapers during his time in charge, however, as the media scrutinized his private life.

"There were a lot of articles about things other than football," said Eriksson, who is back in his native Sweden to publicize his memoir 'Sven: My Story'.

"I became a hot potato - a little too hot for many. But the same has happened to many other national team coaches.

"Before I got the (England) job I was seen as a great coach. Then after five-and-a-half years, the offers don't come. All of a sudden I had become a poor coach."

The 65-year-old sees the memoir as a chance to put the record straight.

"When I was in England, there were a lot of things said and written - mostly written - about my private life. Some of it was true, but an awful lot of it wasn't.   Continued...

Soccer coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, manager of Chinese Super League team Guangzhou R&F, smiles during a news conference promoting his memoirs in Stockholm November 6, 2013. REUTERS/Claudio Bresciani/TT News Agency