Sven Goran Eriksson
On leaving Lazio he controversially became the first foreign manager of the English national team, succeeding Kevin Keegan in 2001. Eriksson had a relatively long spell as England manager, from 2001 to 2006, managing the team for two World Cups and a European Championship tournament in between. During this time he was as controversial in the English press for his off-field activities and rate of pay, as for any perceived failings as a manager.
While being steadily and repeatedly supported by the Football Association, and having attained a good overall statistical record with England, after poor performances it was announced in a January 2006 that Eriksson would step down after the World Cup in that June, which England subsequently exited at the quarter-final stage. Failure to qualify for Euro 2008 the following year resulted in Eriksson's replacement, his former assistant Steve McClaren's dismissal after only 18 games in charge, compared to Eriksson's 67 game spell with England.
After a year out of the game, in July 2007 Eriksson agreed to a three-year contract with the recently taken over top-flight but struggling English club Manchester City worth £2 million a year plus bonuses, agreed with their wealthy new Thai owner Thaksin Shinawatra. After a good start to the season, with his early signings creating an impact, it was announced by many news sources that in a surprise move, Shinawatra wished to replace Eriksson in May 2008 after only one full season, ostensibly for a poor second half of the season. On 2 June 2008 Eriksson officially left Manchester City. On 3 June 2008 was officially signed to become the manager of the Mexico national football team.
Sven-Göran Eriksson (born 5 February 1948), commonly referred to just by his nickname "Svennis" in Sweden, is a Swedish football manager and former player.
Eriksson won 18 major trophies as a manager, with a variety of league clubs in Sweden, Portugal and Italy, between 1979 and 2000, and became the first manager to win league-and-cup doubles in three different countries. Sven later managed the national teams of England, Mexico and Ivory Coast, and three clubs in England. He has worked in nine different countries: Sweden, Portugal, Italy, England, Mexico, Ivory Coast, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and China. He is available to hire as a Sporting Personality, Keynote Speaker, Motivational Speaker, Presenter, After Dinner Speaker and Awards Host.