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Ex-England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson named Philippines manager

The Swedish coach will lead the Philippines at their first major tournament in January 2019

The former England manager, Sven-Goran Eriksson, has taken over as the head coach of the Philippines national football team. Eriksson, 70, has signed a six-month deal and will be assisted by Irishman Scott Cooper. His first game in charge will be against Singapore on November 13th.

Eriksson has been out of work since he was sacked by Chinese side Shenzhen in June of last year. Since vacating the England post in 2006, Eriksson has been quite the journeyman. Eriksson has managed Leicester and Manchester City in England, Guangzhou R&F, Shanghai SIPG, and Shenzhen in China, and prior to his current national job, he’s also managed Ivory Coast and Mexico.

As for the Philippines national team, they recently hit the headlines when the previous coach, ex-England captain Terry Butcher, quit before he’d taken charge of a match. But despite Eriksson entering advanced talks with Cameroon in July, the Philippines have been able to secure a coach with a great depth of experience at both national and club level.

Eriksson’s assistant, Cooper, last worked with the Swedish coach during his time at Leicester. Cooper has been the interim coach of the Philippines since Butcher vacated the role over the summer. The Philippines national team is currently enjoying a good spell of form having reached a peak world ranking of 111 last May. They also qualified for the Asian Cup for the first time in the country’s history which will take place between January and February next year. Before their debut at a major tournament, Eriksson will lead the Philippines at the AFF Championship in November and December.