Sven-Goran Eriksson, the Swedish manager who guided England to a pair of World Cup appearances, has been appointed to coach the Philippine men's national football team.
Eriksson, signed on for 6 months, is expected to lead the Azkals in the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup, which begins next month, and the Asian Cup in January.
He is set to join the Azkals at the start of their training camp on November 3.
"He will be a great addition to the team and I'm sure that the players will learn a lot from him," Azkals team manager Dan Palami said during the Suzuki Cup trophy tour on Saturday.
"He will be working together with interim coach Scott Cooper."
Cooper temporarily took over coaching duties since Terry Butcher backed out of plans to assume that role following the parting of ways between the team and Thomas Dooley.
According to the Sun, Eriksson and Cooper worked together at Leicester between 2010 and 2011.
With the signing, the Azkals get a high-profile coach with vast experience winning in top European leagues.
Eriksson guided Benfica to three Portuguese Primeira Liga titles in Portugal, and Lazio to the Italian Serie A championship.
He spent four years in Chinese club competitions, the last one with Shenzhen FC.
Besides England, which he managed between January 2001 and July 2006, Eriksson also called the shots for Mexico and Ivory Coast.
Palami said the appointment boiled down to convincing Eriksson of the impact he could leave on a country hungry for football respectability.
"He believes in the legacy the can leave behind in the Philippines and in Asia. The Philippines is a very good bed for his time and effort. I’m glad that he agreed after several exchanges of emails. We also met in Qatar. We’re looking forward to him coming over to the team," Palami said.
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