I won't resign: Eriksson

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:48 IST

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has said he won't resign despite the stunning 1-0 loss to Northern Ireland in a World Cup qualifier.

I won't resign: Eriksson

Belfast:

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has said he won't resign despite the stunning 1-0 loss to Northern Ireland in a World Cup qualifier. Traveling fans jeered Eriksson on Wednesday night as Northern Ireland recorded its first win over England since 1972 and first in Belfast in 78 years. And Eriksson's critics, including a large section of the British media, are sure to increase their campaign for the Swede to go. "I'm not going to resign,'' a somber Eriksson said at a post-match news conference. "I am going to try and make it right in October, win two games and we've qualified. We still have it in our hands and it's up to us in October to make the six points," he said. For the first time, England fans in the stands chanted for Eriksson to quit. "If you lose against Northern Ireland, I can't argue with that. I'm very sorry and disappointed as the players are, sorry for the team, sorry for the three points we lost, sorry for the fans, who traveled here paying a lot of money," he added. Even captain David Beckham, one of Eriksson's staunchest supporters, accepted the fans' criticism. "It is frustrating to hear the fans criticize the manager so close to the World Cup. As players it is hard for us to take,'' Beckham said. "They are entitled to their views because it costs a lot of money to follow the team everywhere," said Beckham. After the game, British bookmakers slashed the odds on Eriksson losing his job before the World Cup from 40-1 to 12-1. Difficult option But firing Eriksson isn't an easy option. His contract, which runs until 2008, is reportedly worth more than 4 million pounds a year. Terminating the contract could cost the Football Association a heavy sum. Eriksson has come under increasing pressure after the 4-1 loss to Denmark in a friendly last month and an unconvincing 1-0 qualifying win over Wales on Saturday. England trails Group 6 leader Poland by five points. Its final qualifiers are against Austria on October 8 and Poland on October 12, both in Manchester. England is guaranteed at least a playoff place. Eriksson, whose streak of 21 unbeaten qualifying games ended in Belfast, said it was his worst result since becoming England coach in 2001. "Yes, I think so because it's a qualification game and we shouldn't lose, we should not even draw games, we should win games like this,'' he said. Eriksson, who has been sharply criticized for his tactical formations, had trouble explaining what went wrong on Wednesday. (AP)

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