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Last Updated: Saturday, 1 July 2006, 20:20 GMT 21:20 UK
Eriksson's England reign in quotes
Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson

BBC Sport reflects on Sven-Goran Eriksson's reign as England coach in his own words and those of others.

We don't want front pages, we want back pages. It is very easy for young boys, 18 or 19, to take a wrong step now and again. You got away with that 20 years ago but not now - it's on the front page.
Eriksson sets out his approach to the media - but did he take his own advice?

At last England have appointed a manager who speaks English better than the players.
Brian Clough on the new England boss

I drink tea every morning and in the afternoon. It's very nice! Eastenders? No I don't watch that... but I'm sure it's very good.
Eriksson on adapting to the English way of life

He's got a lot of forehead.
Gary Lineker on Eriksson

I am no longer a part of this relationship.
Ulrika Jonsson after reports of her fling with Eriksson

I hoped we'd do better 11 versus 10, but we were tired and Brazil were very good at keeping the ball. Once it was 2-1 we were not strong enough to come back. But, no regrets. We had a great opportunity to reach the semi-final and we didn't take it.
Eriksson reflects on defeat at the 2002 World Cup to Brazil

We were expecting Winston Churchill and instead got Iain Duncan Smith.
Gareth Southgate on Eriksson's team talk at half-time in the 2002 World Cup quarter-final against Brazil. Leading 1-0, England lost 2-1

He was very naive to let himself be photographed so obviously going to Mr Abramovich's house in London.
Then Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri responds to a covert Eriksson meeting in July 2003

It was not good timing that Sven went to see Abramovich and then, two days later, that there were stories saying that Chelsea wanted Steven Gerrard.
Eriksson also upsets then Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier

If you saw every day that Eriksson was going to arrive, how could you look forward? I only look at the next day.
A philosophical Ranieri during his last days as Stamford Bridge boss

I was listening to Chelsea. If you have ambition you listen to other jobs.
Eriksson defends his decision to meet Abramovich

We need goals when the scoreline is 0-0.
Eriksson makes football simple

The job I have in taking England to another World Cup is bigger than any other job you can achieve in football.
Eriksson on the eve of his 50th game in charge - a 4-0 win over Northern Ireland

The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.
Eriksson the philosopher

I have at no time either categorically confirmed or denied any relationship with Ms Faria Alam.
Here we go again as Eriksson responds to another expose in his favourite News of the World newspaper

I would like to assure everyone, especially the fans, that I'm 100% committed to the England job. I've told the FA this and I value the great support I have received from them. I have spoken with the players concerned today and I am confident my relationship with them has not been damaged.
Eriksson releases a statement following his expose by the News of the World's "fake Sheikh"

Eriksson has been naive and stupid to stumble into a sting involving an undercover reporter and make yet another unscheduled appearance on the front pages instead of the back.
BBC pundit Alan Hansen after Sven's "fake Sheikh" controversy

It's gross misconduct, he's got to go, if it was up to me I'd say goodbye.
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan puts a different slant on events

It is not acceptable for the national coach to speak publicly about replacing another manager.
Aston Villa boss David O'Leary is not too happy about Eriksson's idea of taking his job in the event of a hypothetical takeover of the Midlands outfit

He has been through a lot of things but this was something very special, because it was a real set-up. It was a shock for him, this one.
Eriksson's right-hand man Tord Grip tells BBC Sport how badly the "fake Sheikh" sting affected his boss

Sven is not a passionate man. If we do get to the semis or quarters, tactics go out of the window and you have to reach a man's heart.
Former England and Arsenal striker Ian Wright is another to question Eriksson's motivational skills

It happens but not very often because I don't think shouting will resolve problems. It's not my style. I don't think I'm ice cold. I have feelings like other people. But when I get angry I don't need to show that in front of the television cameras and crowd.
Eriksson defends his cool exterior

There is a feeling we should win the World Cup for Sven - he is a great manager. All the players like him and respect him, he respects us and, more importantly, he trusts us. He treats us as professionals. He believes we know what is best for ourselves - he is good like that.
Wayne Rooney pre-fake Sheikh

The only way I will leave this job will be because of results. I'm too stubborn to quit because of criticism - too stubborn.
Eriksson speaking last October

I care passionately about this job and I want everyone to know that. This summer is the culmination of everything we have been working towards over the last five years. Let's go win the World Cup.
Eriksson shows a bit more Winston Churchill as he confirms he is leaving his post after all

I only decided finally this morning. It's a big gamble (taking Theo Walcott), I know it is. I am excited to see him, he's a big talent. And pace in football today is worth a lot. For me it's a good squad, an interesting squad. There are some new players, some young players and it is an attacking squad with a lot of pace which is necessary in a World Cup.
Eriksson explains his World Cup thinking after naming his 23-man squad

Sven-Goran Eriksson is not a man renowned for gambling, but here he is, on the threshold of his last major tournament with England, taking some big risks.
Alan Hansen reflects on Eriksson's World Cup squad

I believe we are one of five or six teams who can win it. If we have a bit of luck, our ambition must be to be in the final in Berlin on 9 July. I think we will get there.
Eriksson talks up England's chances at the World Cup in Germany

The last say in this story is Rooney's and mine. I'm doing this in the best interests of Rooney, the England team and 40m England fans.
Eriksson gets tough with Manchester United

I have taken David Beckham off before. I will do it again if I think he's not doing the job. He doesn't have any favours just because he's the captain. He is treated the same as all the other players in every way - at the dinner table, on the bus, tactically, in training, in a match.
Eriksson gets tough - kind of - with his England captain

I'm prepared to do whatever I need to do if I see things are going wrong. I will do whatever is required.
Fighting talk from the Swede

Something's changed in Sven. He's been a lot more aggressive than before. I'm not talking about shouting and screaming; he's just been a lot more aggressive. He's been raising his voice. He will never knock over tables or scream in your face but he has certainly been saying a lot more. He has been more demanding than I've ever known him before.
John Terry on the boss after the group stage draw against Sweden

I was sure these players could get to the final and we should have done it. I'm sorry for the fans, who have been fantastic, that we couldn't give them a final.
Sven on what could have been after England exit the World Cup

England beaten on penalties again
01 Jul 06 |  World Cup 2006
Rooney's dismissal stuns England
01 Jul 06 |  England
Experts slam Sven
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Eriksson's England time in photos
24 Jan 06 |  Photo Galleries
Final whistle sounds for Eriksson
01 Jul 06 |  Internationals


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