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By ESPN Staff
May 21, 2006

Eriksson 'sad' about England exit announcement

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed his disappointment at the way the announcement of his departure was handled.

The Swede appeared at a news conference in January alongside Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick to confirm he would step down after the World Cup despite having two years left on his contract.

His exit was brought about after revelations he made to a newspaper reporter posing as a 'fake sheikh'.

And despite agreeing his departure after this summer's finals in Germany was a suitable time to go, Eriksson was unhappy with the way it was managed.

'The only thing that I am a little sad about is the timing of the announcement about my leaving,' he said.

'Leaving after the World Cup - I think that is fair. But it was the timing of the announcement that I was going which was wrong. That should have happened in another way.

'But that is life and we are here ready to start another World Cup.'

Eriksson steps down after this summer's World Cup in Germany and is confident of leaving on a victorious high.

He added: 'I think we will win it, of course. There can be no excuses now.

'I have fought for four years to get a proper break before the tournament and now we have that.

'And I have said in the past that I believe this is our best opportunity to win the World Cup. Besides, I am motivated by the nation's expectations. It's fantastic and I welcome it.'