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Sven-Goran Eriksson: Where is he now?

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Sven-Goran Eriksson's managerial career has spanned 36 years, and has took him to some of the World's top clubs. But recently, it seems he has slipped out of the radar and had just disappeared.

Eriksson's first taste of managerial experience came at Swedish side Degerfors IF, for the first part of his managerial career he stayed in his native Sweden.

Until, Portuguese side Benfica noticed his managerial prestige and him their manager. He enjoyed a good stint in Europe, as he took over a number of clubs including Roma, Fiorentina and Sampdoria.

But, he was first thrown into the media spotlight in 2001 when he was appointed manager of the England national team following the resignation of Kevin Keegan.

The decision to hire Eriksson was a controversial one as he was the first foreign manager to take over England. Although, he would be joined by Fabio Capello in 2008. He led them to two World Cup quarter-finals, losing to Brazil and Portugal respectively.

After the 2006 World Cup, he left England. And almost a year to the day he left England, he took over Manchester City.

Like England, he was the first manager who was not from the United Kingdom. Eriksson became the first Manchester City manager since 1969–70 to win both league derby games against Manchester United and also achieved the club's joint highest Premier League point total, 55. They finished in 9th place.

After Man City, he took over Mexico. He didn't enjoy much success as manager of the Mexican national side.

However, it was his next move that shocked many across the continent. League 2 side Notts County were taken over by a Middle Eastern consortium, and Eriksson was appointed as Director of Football at Meadow Lane.

He brought in Sol Campbell and Kasper Schmeichel from Premier League clubs. Campbell, however, played only one game before departing and Schmeichel was released at the end of the season. He resigned from position in 2010.

He was appointed manager of Leicester City on October 3 2010 as the Foxes sat in the relegation zone of the Championship. In his first season in charge of Leicester, he guided them to a 10th place finish.

After 13 league matches Eriksson left the club by mutual consent on 25 October 2011 with the Foxes sitting in the 13th position in the league, two points from a play-off position.

Sven slipped down 'the football ladder' even more as in 2012, he was over-looked for the Leeds United job.

In September 2012, Eriksson was unveiled as the Technical Director of BEC Tero Sasana, a team in the Thai Premier League.

On 21 January 2013, Eriksson became technical director of Dubai-based club Al Nasr SC in the UAE Pro-League. And most recently, he has been appointed as manager of Chinese side Guangzhou R&F. It is believed that he will earn around £2 million a year.

So, where next for Eriksson? You never really know with him, he could be a director of a middle-eastern club one minute, the next he's the manager of one of Asia's top clubs. So, keep an eye out for him. He could be heading to a club near you!

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