"For most people in the world it's a huge amount of money, and it is, even for me."
Those are the words of former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, who has told the Daily Telegraph that he was ripped off by a former financial adviser to the tune of £10 million - and that he hates the man who apparently left him out of pocket.
Eriksson earned £4.5m a year for his five and a half years as England manager - a total of £25m - and received a pay-off reportedly worth somewhere between £3m and £6m when he left the job with two years left on his contract.
He then went in to a string of enormously high-paid jobs with clubs including Manchester City, Mexico and Notts County, picking up several million more with each posting.
But Eriksson has apparently been as clueless in looking after his money as he was savvy in negotiating those huge wage packets over the years. In a long interview in Friday's Telegraph he has claimed he was worked over by a financial consultant called Samir Khan, who looked after his cash - with full, unfettered access to the Swede's funds - between 2007 and 2010.
Eriksson started to smell a rat in 2009 and called in auditing firm Deloittes to check up on his advsider. Their investigation apparently showed that Eriksson's money had been blown on a string of useless investments, including a block of flats in Southsea and a couple of plots of land on a golf course in Barbados.
But it apparently wasn't just failed investments. In documents submitted to the High Court for an upcoming legal battle between the two men, Eriksson claims that Khan used his employer's money to build his own house in Barbados, pay himself huge secret profits and even buy fine art.
With Eriksson himself also living a famously lavish lifestyle, it seems that the money has dried up - and he's having to sell his houses all around the world to pay off a string of mortgages that Khan allegedly saddled him with.
"You know I never hate anyone in my life. I don’t think I have many enemies but I hate Samir Khan because you can’t treat people like he has done. He’s probably the only person on earth I hate," Eriksson told the Telegraph.
"I feel let down, angry and disappointed because I trusted this man for many, many years. I gave him too much freedom. I gave him all the authorities he needed to take care of my economy."
The Swede isn't likely to have to sign on any time soon, but his years of living the high life seem to be over.
"I’m not bankrupt. I still have some money. The big problem was the cash when you don’t have a job, which I didn’t for a while," he added.
"I needed cash. So I'm starting to sell. I am selling important parts of my life. I have another property in Sweden I have to sell.
“I bought my dream house near where I was born, very close to where I grew up. I would never have [wanted to have] sold that because that’s the house I bought, an old farmhouse, and I restored it. It’s very, very nice but I need to sell it – it’s got mortgages on it."
Eriksson refuses to be downbeat, however, still looking back on his time in the England job as one of the happiest spells of his career.
"I took it because it’s the biggest football job in the world, the finest job you can have. I enjoyed it every day. I don’t regret being in England. I was extremely sad when it was over," he said.
"I think England fans, who are a huge amount of fans, are now thinking afterwards that it was not that bad at all. The sad thing for me was that we didn’t win a big tournament, and that we didn’t do better, we definitely should have done in 2006. We had a strong team."
The 65-year-old is even trying to let go of his anger towards Khan, something which should be made a lot easier by his having signed a new, £2m-a-year deal to manage Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F in June.
"I’m not disappointed in life. I’m still a happy man. I’m still working in football. I have two great children," he added.
"I’m happy. If you talk about money and Samir Khan, I’m angry, disappointed and frustrated. But you can’t go around in life thinking about that every day. Life goes on.”