Sven Goran Eriksson arrived Cameroon on Thursday morning to discuss a terms on a possible take over as head coach of the Indomitable Lions.
The 70-year old who was not even part of a five-man Fecafoot’s shortlist after auditioning coaches in Paris over a month ago could become the next coach of Cameroon if his salary demands are met.
According to credible sources at the Cameroon Football Federation, Sven Goran Eriksson, was brought in through networks from the Presidency after Fecafoot failed to get a suitable choice for the job.
Welsman John Toshack who was one of the leading candidates, has since joined Iranian top flight side Tractor Sazi, German-born Antoine Hey has since been appointed in Myanmar while Carlos Quieroz, would extend his contract with the Iranian national team. The other shorlisted candidates, Frenchman Alain Giresse and Belgian Tom Sainfiet are still without a job.
This situation seems to clear the path for Sven Goran Eriksson though his 1,9 millions euros (close to 1,2 billion FCFA) annual salary could prove a stumbling block in negotiations. However, sources at the Cameroon Football Federation say the Swede is ready to drop his wage demands and negotiate at a 50-million francs monthly salary (600 million FCFA/year).
The following days could prove crucial for Cameroon giving that the team needs a coach with the next international break coming up in September with a game as Comoros and October against Malawi, all 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying games.
If negotiations with Cameroon fail, Sven Goran Eriksson could well take over as head coach of the Iraqi national team after his agent Saif Rubie revealed he reached an agreement last week with Iraqi FA officials last week in Istanbul.
Eriksson’s managerial career has seen him win eighteen trophies with a variety of clubs in Sweden, Portugal and Italy, between 1979 and 2000, and became the first manager to win league-and-cup doubles in three countries.
He later managed the national teams of England, Mexico and the Ivory Coast, as well as two clubs in England. Eriksson has worked in nine countries: Sweden, Portugal, Italy, England, Mexico, Ivory Coast, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and China.