Fans of the Molde Football Club were still in a state of euphoria on Monday after their hometown team won their second straight league championship under the leadership of former Manchester United star Ole Gunnar Solskjær. The accomplishment fueled more speculation that Solskjær will soon be recruited to coach a top British club.
M0lde hadn’t won a league championship for 100 years until Solskjær returned home to Norway to take over as head coach (manager) in 2010. They immediately shot to the top last year, after Solskjær’s first season in charge, and now they’ve won again, allowing them to hang on to the Norwegian football association’s victory trophy for another year.
Solskjær was ready to party along with the team after beating Hønefoss 1-0 Sunday night. The only players who had to exhibit some restraint were those who needed to fly out Monday for practice sessions with the national football team in advance of Wednesday’s match against Hungary.
The party was going to be “as great as it can be,” Solskjær told reporters. His coaching career may be as well: British fans continue to follow the native of Kristiansund who’s even been tipped to take over for ManU’s Sir Alex Ferguson one day. Solskjær himself remains modest.
“I’m lucky to have to have good players,” he said after the winning match, in which Molde’s Daniel Chukwu Chima kicked in the triumphant goal. “We’ve always had faith that this could happen.
“The guys’ concentration show that we’re in the process of building up a presentation culture in Molde. They deserved to win.”