Tor Ole Skullerud has some mighty big football shoes to fill after being named to succeed the legendary Ole Gunnar Solskjær as head coach for Norway’s Molde Football Club. His appointment, though, was met with widespread approval and Skullerud himself says he wants to make Molde “even better” than it was under Solskjær.
“I’m very glad to be in place at Molde,” Skullerud told reporters after the club officially presented him as new head coach on Monday. “I’m coming to a solid and great football club with clear ambitions. In Molde there’s a top football culture that I like and fell for.”
Skullerud, age 44, has most recently been coaching Norway’s national squad of young men under the age of 21 (Norge U21) and been an assistant to the new coach of the men’s national football team, Per-Mathias Høgmo. He also has coached Oslo club Vålerenga, from 2008-2008, and Bærum (2001-2004).
“It’s with a combination of pride and humility that I take on the job as being responsible for the sports side of Molde FK,” he said. “I look forward to get going.”
On Tuesday he was already leading his first training session with Molde players and now he needs to build up his own team of assistants. Solskjær took many of his team with him when he accepted a new post as head coach for Cardiff in the Premier League.
Skullerud was Molde’s first choice to take over for Solskjær, who also joined the chorus of those cheering for Skullerud’s appointment.
“I’m glad that Molde was able to fill the coaching vacancy so quickly, and that they got such a good man,” Solskjær told news bureau NTB. “Tor Ole has shown that he works well with young players and he’s highly respected. I wish him and the club the best, and I’ll be following the team closely from Cardiff.”