High-profile coach may head home to Hamar

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Ståle Solbakken, Norway’s most high-profile professional football coach at present, said he was “forbannet” (furious) when he finally was fired by FC Köln on Thursday. His wife, however, was relieved, after weeks of high stress, and now the family may move home to Hamar, at least temporarily.

Stolbakken had a stormy career at the football club in Cologne. After several successful years in Copenhagen, he only lasted a year in Germany’s much-vaulted Bundesliga when he reportedly failed to meet local expectations.

That led to lots of verbal battles peppered with obscenities on live TV in recent weeks. His wife Anniken Solbakken told newspaper Aftenposten she’s “glad it’s all over.”

Speculation was flying over where Solbakken would land next, but it seemed unlikely the family would stay in Cologne much longer and they have a house in Hamar. “This is what we have to talk about now,” she told Aftenposten. “Already tonight.”

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