Sven-Goran Erkisson: Notts County ‘sending love’ to former director of football after heartbreaking diagnosis

Sven-Goran Erkisson was director of football at Notts County for seven months
Sven Goran Eriksson was announced a the new Director of Football at Notts County at Meadow Lane on July 22, 2009Sven Goran Eriksson was announced a the new Director of Football at Notts County at Meadow Lane on July 22, 2009
Sven Goran Eriksson was announced a the new Director of Football at Notts County at Meadow Lane on July 22, 2009

Former Notts County director of football Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed he has “best case a year” to live after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. 

The 75-year-old, whose stint at Meadow Lane lasted seven months, was diagnosed after collapsing on a 5k run. 

Doctors told Eriksson that he had suffered a stroke but also discovered advanced-stage pancreatic cancer. 

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He told Swedish radio station P1: “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.”

Eriksson led England to major tournaments in 2002, 2004 and 2006. 

His time in Nottinghamshire was short lived and he resigned from his role at Meadow Lane in February 2010. 

In a 2010 interview with the Guardian he spoke of his intent to take the world’s oldest football club to the Premier League, which ultimately ended after just seven months. 

The Swede’s last management role was in 2019 with the Philippines national team.