Sven-Goran Eriksson was not an `expensive failure' as England manager despite failing to get past the quarter-final stage of three major tournaments, his former employers the Football Association insisted yesterday.
Swede Eriksson's five-year reign ended after this summer's World Cup, when he stepped down after guiding England to the quarter-finals.
It was England's third successive exit at the last-eight stage of a major tournament under Eriksson, who reportedly earned up to ?5 million (US$9 million) a year during his tenure.
"In qualification terms he was 100 percent in major tournaments but he himself would say three quarter-finals would not be considered the success he would have looked for," said FA chief executive Brian Barwick. "He thought this time there would be every chance of success but it did not happen."
"An expensive mistake? I would not accept that notion but we were all disappointed, him included," Barwick told BBC Radio Five Live.