Ståle Solbakken becomes Norway’s new national football team manager

Ståle SolbakkenPhoto: Lise Åserud / NTB
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Ståle Solbakken will take over the job of Norway’s national team manager after Lars Lagerbäck on December 7.

Lagerbäck had a contract with the Norwegian Football Association until and including the World Cup qualifiers and a possible final game in 2022, but the Swede is now stepping aside.

Solbakken has been without a job since he was fired earlier this autumn after many seasons as a successful coach at FC Copenhagen.

“Natural”

The Norwegian Football Federation (NFF) stated that they have had conversations with Solbakken for a few weeks.

The national team will start the World Cup qualification at the end of March next year.

“Where we are now, in the transition between two qualifications, we want to draw the perspective at least four years ahead, initially up to and including the European Championships in 2024.

“In such a perspective, it was natural to start conversations with Ståle Solbakken,” Terje Svendsen said.

“Ståle has great coaching capacity. He knows Norwegian football very well. He has good coaching experience, and he has delivered strong performances internationally for many years,” he added.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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