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All the best, Klas

23 May 2014

Everyone at Hillsborough would like to wish former Owls midfielder Klas Ingesson all the best in his battle with illness.

The 45-year-old was diagnosed with multiple myeloma – an incurable form of cancer – five years ago but has refused to lie down and be beaten.

In fact, the Swede continues to be heavily involved in football in his home nation and is the current first team manager of top flight side IF Elfsborg.

Ingesson was signed by ex-Owls boss Trevor Francis early in the 1994/95 Premier League season and operated both in midfield and at the heart of the defence.

The Swede’s S6 stint was brief as Italian side Bari paid £1m for Ingesson’s signature in November 1995.

It was in the Italian Serie A where Ingesson remained for five years racking up almost 100 appearances for Bari and Bologna.

He would also go on to represent Marseilles and U.S Lecce.

Ingesson landed the first team managerial position at IF Elfsborg in September 2013, where he had previously managed the club’s youth system.

In a recent statement, the former Owl, who represented Sweden in the 1990 and 1994 World Cup, said:

“I said to the players I don't want any sympathy. I want them to tell me things straight to my face.

“IF Elfsborg and I have an agreement that I am manager for the first team. Physically and mentally I don't have a problem to do my job. I should be judged as anyone else to determine whether I am good enough for the job but then I should be judged on my competence.

“It is every person's right to be judged by who you are and what you do – not because you have an illness or a handicap."

SWFC wishes Klas well for the future.

Keep on fighting!

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