Terminal Cancer: England ex-coach has a year to live

Former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson reveals that he only has a year to live at best – many clubs sent their prayers to him

England ex coach has a year to live

England ex coach has a year to live” Former England, Portugal, and Man City manager Sven-Göran Eriksson discloses a gut-wrenching secret in an interview – he only has about 12 months to live. However, he still prefers to have a positive outlook despite the pessimism-inducing news, claiming that he won’t sit at home and bewail about bad luck.

Sven’s illustrious managerial career began back in the late 1970s in Sweden and his last dance in the football realm was also there, with Karlstad, a modest football club where he worked as a Sporting Director. It was only about a year ago that he called it a day due to aggravating health complications.

The news was brought to bear when he passed out and fainted on a 5k run, despite being in a very healthy condition prior to this incident. He was rushed to an emergency ward and over there, the rather difficult news was broken too.

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England ex coach has a year to live
England ex coach has a year to live

‘I will keep fighting’

Despite the load with which the news was revealed to Sven and his family, he still insists that he will keep fighting for as long as the circumstances permit him to. Speaking to Sweden’s F1 radio, he says:

“Everyone can see that I have a disease that’s not good, and everyone supposes that it’s cancer, and it is. But I have to fight it as long as possible.

“I know that in the best case, it’s about a year, in the worst case even less. Or in the best case, I suppose even longer. I don’t think the doctors I have can be totally sure, they can’t put a day on it.

“It’s better not to think about it. You have to trick your brain. I could go around thinking about that all the time and sit at home and be miserable and think I’m unlucky and so on.

“It’s easy to end up in that position. But no, see the positive sides of things and don’t bury yourself in setbacks, because this is the biggest setback of them all of course.

“It just came from nothing. And that makes you shocked.

“I’m not in any major pain. But I’ve been diagnosed with a disease that you can slow down but you cannot operate. So it is what it is.”

40-laden years of Glory

With his managerial career finding its initial shape in the late 1970s and ending in 2019, the Swede enjoyed a tremendous career in the coaching industry, having managed the likes of England, Portugal, Man City, Benfica, Fiorentina, Leicester City along with many others. 

He is perhaps best known for his time with England where he served as the head coach from 2001 to 2006. What held his golden generation back was bad luck as he lost on penalties in both of his last 2 major tournament appearances with England, Euro 2004, and World Cup 2006.

The great diversity in his long list of managed teams just adds more spice to it, as he has been a very comfortable journeyman. During this long journey, he managed about 17 teams in total.

Football remembers Sven-Göran Eriksson

During this incredibly difficult period for the Swede, the football world has shown its rich tapestry of support and empathy yet again – giving him all the love and support in this period. Manchester City is one of the few clubs that has given out a public statement to declare their love and respect for their ex-manager.

Leicester City hasn’t forgotten him either as they too wish the very best for him and have vowed to stand by him. During this difficult period, we can only pray for the former England manager’s full recovery to hasten and see him share laughs for a few more years.

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