Norwegian sports bureaucrats appear to be having some trouble recruiting a new head coach for their under-performing men’s national football team. Two coaching stars have already turned them down.
Ståle Solbakken, the Norwegian coach of Copenhagen’s professional football club, was widely believed to be the first choice to take over for Per-Mathias Høgmo, who was forced to resign last fall after a long losing streak. Solbakken, however, wasn’t interested.
Then the Norwegian sports officials turned to another home-grown star, Ole Gunnar Solskjær from Kristiansund. He became internationally famous while playing for Manchester United and now coaches the professional football club in Molde. He doesn’t want to leave Molde right now, though, and also turned down the offer late last week.
Other candidates now include Bob Bradley, an American who did well coaching the Stabekk club in the Oslo suburb of Bærum. Lars Lagerbäck of Sweden is also believed among candidates, along with Roy Hodgson. A new coach is needed before the national team’s next match against Northern Ireland on March 26.