Sven Goran Eriksson, the former England manager, reveals details of his relationship with Nancy Dell'Olio, including how he found her “too demanding”
Sven Goran Eriksson has spoken of his string of affairs, claiming he became “tired” of successive girlfriends including Nancy Dell’Olio.
The Swedish former England manager, who settled a bitter legal dispute with Miss Dell’Olio earlier this year, described his relationships with series of women in the last decade alone, including a Romanian former gymnast, a Swedish hotel worker, and Faria Alam, then a secretary at the Football Association.
In a new book, extracts of which have been published by the Daily Mail, Eriksson, 65, tells how he met Miss Dell’Olio in the autumn of 1997 while having dinner at an Italian spa with a female companion.
Miss Dell’Olio, 52, who has since risen to prominence in Britain, taking part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2011, was with her husband Giancarlo Mazza, a lawyer from Rome.
She went on to repeatedly invite Eriksson to dinner parties, each time asking him to sit next to her, he said.
Their affair began shortly after Eriksson, in turn, invited the couple to his 50th birthday party in February 1998.
“During another dinner at Nancy’s, we found ourselves alone in the room at one point. She asked me when I was going to invite her out for lunch. Whenever she wanted, I said.
“‘Tomorrow,’ she decided. ‘How about at your place?’ There was no doubt where that was going to lead. In the end, I don’t know if we ate much lunch - maybe some toast. But Nancy had not come over for the food.”
The football manager and former player said he felt guilty about the breakdown of Miss Dell’Olio’s marriage and secretly agreed to Mr Mazza taking his estranged wife on a trip abroad in a bid - apparently unsuccessful - to win her back.
By the time Eriksson, who has two children with his former wife Anki. was appointed as the first foreign England manager in 2001 he had fallen out of love with Miss Dell’Olio, he says, claiming she was “just too demanding”.
He also describes in the book, Sven: My Story, to be published on Tuesday, how his salary of around £400,000 “tripled overnight” in April 1998 when television companies began paying for rights to broadcast games.
His frank comments come after it emerged that he had settled a seven-year dispute with Miss Dell’Olio over a £2.7 million flat in central London.
Eriksson bought the flat in 2005 and Miss Dell’Olio had been living there since they separated in 2007.
Miss Dell’Olio, who is also a lawyer, eventually moved out of the flat in April following an agreement that she would receive Eriksson’s beach house in Italy and £175,000 from the sale of the flat, he said.
Miss Dell’Olio did not comment on the deal, but when the case went to mediation in March, she said: “Frankly I just to want to draw a line under this business – and under this relationship. It makes me sad, but really Sven’s no longer the man I fell for.”