MANILA (6 Nov 2018) – Nothing is certain in football but if there is one thing which the Philippines national team can count from newly appointed head coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, it is that he will stay longer than his predecessor Terry Butcher.
Butcher was appointed to the post in June but the Englishman did not even take charge of one game with the Philippines.
Speaking at the official unveiling of Eriksson as the new boss of the Azkals – as the Philippines national side are more known as – Eriksson said: “I don’t know why he left in such a short time. I am going to stay much longer than he did, that’s for sure.”
“I thought why not, why not do something a little bit different from what I’ve done before.
“I think the pressure is on the whole team to try to do better in the AFF Suzuki Cup than the Philippines has done before. That means at least reaching the final.”
The Philippines first game in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 will be against Singapore on 13 November in Bacolod City.