Prahl pride at Viking posting

Swedish coach Tom Prahl is to take charge of Viking FK - "one of Norway's top clubs" - at the turn of the year, replacing the outgoing Roy Hodgson.

Hodgson leaving
The 56-year-old will take over from Roy Hodgson on 1 January, with Hodgson poised to take charge of the Finland national team then rather than next August. It means the outgoing Englishman will lead the club in the remainder of their UEFA Cup group stage campaign.

'New challenge'
Prahl, who left Malmö FF over the wekend, has signed a two-year contract in Stavanger, with the possibility of a two-year extension. He said: "I needed a new challenge after 14 seasons in the Allsvenskan, so I looked abroad for a new job. Viking are one of the top clubs in Norway."

Tremendous start
The club made a tremendous start to the UEFA Cup group stage with a 1-0 home victory against AS Monaco FC last Thursday. Their next fixture is away at Hamburger SV on 3 November.