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Høgmo takes over as Norway coach

Published: Friday 27 September 2013, 16.58CET
Per-Mathias Høgmo has been named the new coach of Norway, replacing Egil Olsen and saying: "I see myself as an innovator and will look to put my stamp on how Norway play."
Høgmo takes over as Norway coach
Per-Mathias Hogmo is the new coach of Norway ©Getty Images

Published: Friday 27 September 2013, 16.58CET

Høgmo takes over as Norway coach

Per-Mathias Høgmo has been named the new coach of Norway, replacing Egil Olsen and saying: "I see myself as an innovator and will look to put my stamp on how Norway play."

Djurgårdens IF boss Per-Mathias Høgmo has been appointed Norway coach with immediate effect, replacing Egil Olsen.

The former midfielder – who has coached Norway's women's, youth and Under-21 teams as well as top-flight clubs Tromsø IL and Rosenborg BK – has signed a four-year contract.

He will oversee the forthcoming FIFA World Cup qualifying Group E fixtures against Slovenia and Iceland, while also managing Djurgården in their last five Swedish Allsvenskan games of the season before taking command of Norway full-time.

"Egil Olsen said he had no qualms about me leading the team for the final matches, and that convinced me that taking over now was the right thing to do," said the 53-year-old. "I am extremely motivated. I see myself as an innovator and I will look to put my stamp on how Norway play.

"My first goal will be to qualify for UEFA EURO 2016," he added. "To do that, the team needs to evolve, but at the same time the best of today's team needs to be kept. I have not given up hope of reaching the World Cup either. We will have to win both games and see where that takes us."

With two rounds of matches remaining, Norway lie fourth in Group E, two points below Iceland in second and one shy of the third-placed Slovenians; leaders Switzerland are out of reach. Olsen, 71, had been under pressure after taking only 11 points from Norway's eight qualifiers. His second spell at the national-team helm had begun in January 2009.

Last updated: 27/09/13 17.46CET

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