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Svennis Gets The Boot

Published fredag 3 april 2009 kl 09.35

Sweden’s most famous football manager Sven-Göran Eriksson has been sacked as the national coach of Mexico, after a string of poor results culminating in Wednesday’s World Cup qualifying defeat against Honduras.

The 61 year old former England coach took over Mexico in June after being sacked from his job as manager of English premier league side Manchester City.

Mexico had only won once in the last seven matches under Eriksson and face a struggle to qualify for next year’s World Cup finals in South Africa.

The president of the Mexican football federation Justino Compean said ” We could not take risks with qualification for the World Cup, and we could not rely solely on results at the Estadio Azteca. We had a meeting with Mr Eriksson and - although it is a shame for me and a lot of people - we told Mr Eriksson that his spell with the national team was over.”

The man Swedes call ”Svennis” enjoyed success domestically with IFK Gothenburg in Sweden in the eighties and Lazio and Sampdoria in Italy. His success saw him appointed as England’s first ever foreign coach and his reign was a relative success, taking England to three quarter-finals in major competitions. (dr)

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