Andersson to succeed Hamrén as Sweden coach

"I'm just humbled and grateful," said IFK Norrköping boss Janne Andersson after being appointed to succeed Erik Hamrén as coach of Sweden.

Janne Andersson led Norrköping to the 2015 league title
Janne Andersson led Norrköping to the 2015 league title ©Getty Images

Janne Andersson has been appointed to succeed Erik Hamrén as Sweden coach after UEFA EURO 2016.

Hamrén informed the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) in early February that, following the summer tournament in France, he intended to end a reign that began in November 2009.

In the 53-year-old Andersson, the SvFF have appointed a coach who last season led IFK Norrköping to their first Allsvenskan title since 1989, his new role meaning he will miss their UEFA Champions League qualifying bid as he attempts to guide Sweden to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. "Right now I'm just humbled and grateful," Andersson said on his unveiling at Friends Arena in Solna. "This is an honour and a challenge that will be very exciting to take on."

SvFF general secretary Håkan Sjöstrand added: "We are very proud to have recruited Janne Andersson. Firstly we looked for someone with experience and a solid knowledge of football. We will have that with Janne Andersson, who in addition to that is a dedicated person with a great deal of integrity. "

Sweden: Top five qualifying goals
Sweden: Top five qualifying goals

A footballer and handball player in his native Halmstad, Andersson became assistant coach to Stuart Baxter at the city's main club in 1990, going on to work under Tom Prahl and then Jonas Thern. Andersson, who also coached lower-division teams Alet and Laholm, took the Halmstad reins himself in 2004 and in his first year in charge was named coach of the year in Sweden, after steering Halmstad to second place in the league.

After a brief spell at Örgryte in 2010, Andersson was named Norrköping coach the following year as they returned to the Allsvenskan, at first keeping them up then guiding them to the 2015 title. His last match in charge will be on 29 May at home to Elfsborg and Andersson is set to lead Sweden for the first time on 6 September at Friends Arena when the Netherlands visit in World Cup qualifying Group A, a section that also includes Luxembourg, Bulgaria, France and Belarus.

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