England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, who was alleged to have had an affair with TV presenter, Ulrika Jonsson, insists he will not be distracted by her soon-to-be-published autobiography.
The Swedish-born Jonsson, who made a name for herself as a TV presenter in the UK, has written her autobiography which is understood to carry details of her relationship with Eriksson. The book will be serialised in a national newspaper, and is expected to bring severe embarrassment to the England coach.
However, speaking on the eve of England’s EURO 20004 qualifier against Slovakia, Eriksson seemed relatively unperturbed by the nature of the revelations. He told Sky Sports News: “You can’t really be worried about things you don’t know anything about.”
“When that comes out maybe I’m worried, maybe not – who knows,’ he added. ‘But you can’t go without sleep or focus because of that.”
“It’s the first qualification game tomorrow and the second next Wednesday – that is the most important thing.
“I am focused on it and I want to talk about football not about other things – my private life.”
The boook is considered a potential timebomb for Eriksson and even Football Association Chief Executive, Adam Crozier, has commented about the possible ramifications.
‘Obviously I’m interested, but I haven’t given it a lot of thought,’ said Crozier.
The concern for Crozier though is that the infamously tenacious British tabloid press will sink their teeth into Eriksson, prompting the coach to resign to avoid further damaging revelations to him and his family.