THE road to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup just got a whole lot clearer for the Philippine Azkals with head coach Sven-Goran Eriksson announced as new head coach on Saturday at the Suzuki Cup Trophy Tour at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
Eriksson was the first foreign manager to handle the English national football team, in charge for the 2002 and 2006 World Cup and the 2004 Euro, with Three Lions making the quarterfinals each time.
The 70-year-old Swedish tactician was tapped by Philippine football officials after a botched plan to bring in England’s Terry Butcher.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Eriksson will be joining Scott Cooper in handling the squad, who was named as Senior Adviser when Butcher came in last May. Eriksson also managed squads in the English Premier League, the Serie A of Italy and the Primeira league of Portugal and last coached China League One side Shenzehen FC.
Eriksson will have only over three weeks to prepare the Azkals for the Asean Football Federation Cup, as they take on Singapore on November 13 at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod. Then it’s the Asian Cup in January as the Philippines make its maiden appearance in the biggest football meet in Asia.