England's football coach, Sven Goran Eriksson, hinted yesterday that his trial by kiss-and-sell over his affair with the television celebrity Ulrika Jonsson could end with him walking away from his £2m-a-year job.
That was clearly indicated, not least by his body language, as he and his FA bosses waited anxiously to see the extent of Jonsson's revelations on the affair, which are due this weekend.
Eriksson, who also has to deal with the relatively minor matter of a European Championship qualifying game against Slovakia tonight, was putting on a brave face yesterday. One response to a barrage of questions about the possible damage created by Jonsson's recall of their pillow talk – which is costing Associated Newspapers a reported £750,000 and is due to start its serialisation in The Mail on Sunday tomorrow – was classic deadpan Eriksson: "It's not very productive to have concerns about things you cannot do anything about."
And he had a taut face as he admitted there might be a time when, like an old footballer, he might wake up one morning and say: "I can't do this anymore."