Siggi Eyjólfsson achieved unprecedented success as Iceland women's coach, qualifying for UEFA Women's EURO 2009 and then reaching the 2013 quarter-finals. Now he aims to repeat that with men's club ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar.
Eyjólfsson made the decision to leave his national-team role after more than six years following the campaign in Sweden last summer; his desire to return to men's football was met by ÍBV, who finished sixth in Iceland in 2013. The 40-year-old had also been Football Association of Iceland (KSÍ) technical director, but he is now looking forward to his first club coaching role.
"I wanted to do more coaching," Eyjólfsson told UEFA.com. "I feel that's where my passion is now. I want to improve and take on new challenges. [ÍBV] finished sixth last year but, historically, have been a top-three team in Iceland. We're building a new team, so I'm facing some new aspects in my job such as dealing with agents and figuring out which players to buy and sell, helping young players and working with them on a daily basis – there is no excuse now.
"You can't say this player is unfit because he has been working hard in the club; now I'm responsible for that and I really enjoy that," he said. "
I love working with players out on the field to help them improve and that's why I'm leaving the FA now – to do that on a daily basis."
Eyjólfsson's playing career took him to the United States, England and Belgium, as well as his homeland, where he won two league titles with KR Reykjavík, the very club he wants to depose as champions this year. However, he is thinking long term.
"I really take joy in doing that and that's why I stayed so long with the women's national team," Eyjólfsson said. "I could see them improving every year and we built on our successes. That's why I agreed a three-year contract with ÍBV, because good things take time to develop.
"It's a small town of only 4,200 people but they're all crazy about football. They have very good facilities and a very good team. We want to be among the top three in Iceland and help the club to grow and to sell players on. It will be a really good experience for me."
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