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Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Clas­si­fied -

United Arab Emi­rates. It is still a mys­tery on how Palami con­vinced the 70-year old Eriks­son to be­come the man­ager of the Azkals af­ter for­mer Eng­land Cap­tain Terry Butcher re­signed with­out even lead­ing them in a sin­gle match.

Eriks­son is now in the twi­light of his life and ca­reer but he is still re­spected in the foot­ball world, world wide. His av­er­age salary in his past man­age­rial jobs were $2 mil­lion a year which is around P104 mil­lion.

That is more than the bud­get of the Philip­pine Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (PFF) the en­tire year. How could the PFF af­ford that.

Azkals man­ager Dan Palami in a re­port said that Eriks­son was con­vinced to take the job by “sell­ing the idea of leav­ing a legacy” in the foot­ball scene in the coun­try.

If that is true then we need to build a statue for Sven even off he has not yet won a sin­gle match for the Azkals.

Palami made a bril­liant pre­sen­ta­tion to Sven.

The Swede does not need the Philip­pine money. At age 70 and col­lect­ing a to­tal of 18 ma­jor tro­phies in his ca­reer as a coach, he wants his legacy etched on the walls of world foot­ball as the man re­spon­si­ble of win­ning the first tro­phy for the Philip­pines.

Eriks­son is worth $35 mil­lion ac­cord­ing to re­ports. That is more than a bil­lion pe­sos. He could just stay in Swe­den and en­joy his re­tire­ment. How­ever, he is here and has al­ready started work­ing to form and train the team in prepa­ra­tion for the match against Sin­ga­pore in the Suzuki Cup on Nov. 13.

It will be a busy six months for him. Let the en­tire Philip­pine Azkals Na­tion back him. We also hope that he will earn his 19th ma­jor tro­phy this time for the Azkals. (l.biantan@gmail.com)

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