Former England soccer supervisor Sven-Goran Eriksson has mentioned his terminal most cancers analysis got here as a “shock” – however vowed to combat in opposition to it and never “hand over”.
He mentioned the choice was to take a seat alone at house – and though he and his household have accepted the inevitable, they’re coping with the information and discuss day by day.
The 75-year-old Swede was told by doctors he has pancreatic cancer and has “at best a year to live”.
“To start with it was very tough to just accept it, however when you settle for it life goes on, and life has to go on,” Eriksson informed TalkTV on Friday.
He was given the information after collapsing and fainting following a 5km run the day earlier than. His youngsters took him to a hospital and after 4 hours of assessments he was given the analysis.
“I felt completely nicely – it got here like a really, very, very large shock,” he mentioned.
“Once you get a message like that it is like a shock as a result of I used to be absolutely match, and moderately match as nicely in coaching. It got here from nowhere.”
He continued: “After all you’re feeling very unhealthy… however you must combat in opposition to it, and that is what I’m attempting to do at the very least.”
The most cancers is inoperable so he’s now on treatment to decelerate its development, however it has unfold, he mentioned.
“However eventually it should occur. Let’s hope later than sooner,” he continued.
Requested how his household had handled the information, he mentioned: “We’ve got to take care of it as a result of the choice is to surrender, and sitting alone at house.
“So, the entire household, the youngsters, they’re grown up after all – one lives in Spain, one lives in Stockholm – so they’re coming as usually as they’ll, and we discuss day by day.”
After being recognized with most cancers, Eriksson disclosed he had suffered “5 strokes in someday – small ones”.
The previous Manchester Metropolis and Leicester supervisor informed Swedish Radio P1: “I am not in any main ache. However I have been recognized with a illness which you can decelerate however you can’t function. So it’s what it’s.”
Between 2001 and 2006, Eriksson coached the so-called “golden technology” of footballers within the England males’s crew together with David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard.
He led England to a few consecutive quarter-finals at main tournaments and was supervisor in considered one of their most well-known outcomes, a 5-1 win over Germany in Munich in September 2001.
His final teaching function was with the Philippines’ nationwide crew in 2018-19.
Eriksson resigned as sporting director at Swedish membership Karlstad Soccer 11 months in the past because of well being points.
He mentioned he nonetheless watches an “unimaginable quantity” of soccer and stays involved with Karlstad – who’re within the third tier of the Swedish league system.
Eriksson mentioned: “Soccer has been like a poison for me. A superb poison.
“My divorce a few years in the past was partly because of the soccer. My spouse on the time needed me to get a job the place we may dwell extra spontaneously and be free some Saturdays or Sundays. However I could not think about that.
“I’d by no means have modified that call [to make football my life] if I had obtained to dwell once more.”