Sven-Goran Eriksson’s epic squabble with Alex Ferguson: ‘I’m going to kill you.’
SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON was involved in a bitter spat with Sir Alex Ferguson, the former Manchester United manager, who threatened his Swedish rival, saying, “I will murder you.”
Sven-Goran Eriksson will take command of England once more, but this time for Soccer Aid 2021. On Saturday, September 4th, at 7.30 p.m., the game will take place at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium. ITV will broadcast it live as well. The show will begin at 6.30 p.m., and will be hosted by Dermot O’Leary and Alex Scott.
Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes, and Gary Neville are among the players who will represent England under the guidance of the man who managed them from 2001 to 2006.
In reality, when playing for Eriksson and Sir Alex Ferguson for England and Manchester United, Rooney was the center of a major controversy.
Despite suffering a horrible shattered metatarsal just before the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Rooney was included to Eriksson’s squad for the tournament.
Ferguson was enraged, and Eriksson revealed in 2019 that Ferguson was furious over the phone.
“The amazing thing with Alex was that it was seven o’clock in the morning or earlier,” he remarked. Always. When he was angry,” Eriksson said in an interview with The Sunday Times.
“Never say, ‘Hello, Sven, how are you?’ [Yelling] “whuurssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss I believed he should assassinate me.
“He said, ‘I’m going to murder you.’ You have completed your task.’ However, I represented England, and you must take a stand.
“What is right is right, and what is wrong is bad, and when you say, ‘Don’t pick Rooney because I’ll murder you,’… ‘F*** off, what’s the matter with you?’ I said.
“And he was screaming,” says the narrator. It doesn’t matter when he became like that…
“That’s why I said to Alex, ‘Alex, I’m going to pick Rooney.’ Now, enjoy your vacation. ‘Bye,’ says the narrator.
Eriksson was England’s first-ever foreign manager, having taken over from Lazio of Italy.
However, many believe he underachieved as manager of the Three Lions. At the 2002 World Cup, the 2004 Euros, and the 2006 World Cup, England was eliminated in the quarter-finals.
Eriksson said in 2020 that he “may have made a mistake” when he left Italy for the England position.
“A few times I thought to myself that it could have been preferable to stay at Lazio and in Italy,” he stated.