Legendary coach makes a comeback

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Nils Arne Eggen is returning to the top Norwegian football club he coached for many years, Rosenborg-RBK, if only temporarily. The 68-year-old and still-popular Eggen will coach the club until a permanent coach is in place.

Nils Arne Eggen was a much-loved and respected coach for Rosenborg for many years. PHOTO: rbkweb/Thomas Karlsen

Rosenborg confirmed what many sports journalists had speculated about for months: Eggen will take over to allow current coach Erik Hamrén to move on to his self-professed “dream job” as coach of his native Sweden’s national squad.

Hamrén has been popular as well, and helped Rosenborg regain some of the glory lost after Eggen pretty much retired in 2002. Eggen later returned as an “adviser” in 2004, but ended formal ties to the club in 2007.

Under Eggen’s tutelage, Rosenborg won 13 league titles in Norway and seems keen on trying to help the club secure another championship. He’ll lead his first training session on Tuesday and oversee his first match as coach on June 6, when Rosenborg meets Kongsvinger.

Plans call for Eggen to continue coaching Rosenborg through the end of the year, when Jan Jönsson is expected to take over as permanent replacement for Hamrén. Jönsson currently coaches the Stabæk football (soccer) club, just west of Oslo, but is reportedly close to signing a contract with Rosenborg.

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