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Eriksson to join 1860

  • Sven-Göran Eriksson will join the 1860 Munich training staff, although it is not yet known in what capacity
  • The 64-year-old had been spotted at various 1860 matches this season and is said to be a friend of the Ismaik family
  • Between 2001 and 2006, Eriksson (l.) coached the England national team, with his assistant former VfL Wolfsburg coach Steve McClaren (r.)

Munich - It may have taken until 03:00 in the morning, but 1860 Munich have agreed to hire former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson.

Chairman of the supervisory board Otto Steiner explained there had been lengthy discussions between himself, club president Dieter Schneider and chief investors Hamada Iraki and Hasan Ismaik through the night.

Schmidt stays

"We were able to find a compromise which was voted for unanimously by the supervisory board," said Schneider. "We've agreed that Sven-Göran Eriksson will join our coaching staff, but Alexander Schmidt will remain as head coach."

How the work will be split between Eriksson and Schmidt remains to be seen, but Schneider insisted the club's three-year plan would be further adhered to, with the compromise ensuring there would be no financial obstacles.

Rich experience

Chief executive Robert Schäfer added his endorsement to the deal, saying: "[Eriksson] is a world-class coach. We need to try to make the most of his rich experience."

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