Solbakken backs out of national team coaching job

Solbakken will be coaching FC Koln next year instead of the Norwegian national team.

Ståle Solbakken will be coaching FC Köln in the German Bundesliga next year instead of taking over the Norwegian national team.

Norway international football coach Ståle Solbakken, who was to coach Norway’s national team next season, has changed his mind. He instead will move to the German Bundesliga club FC Köln.

Solbakken is presently coach of Danish club FC Copenhagen, and has led the club to a commanding 26-point lead at the top of the Danish League.

The Norwegian Football Association (NFF) has agreed to relieve Solbakken of his contract with them, and FC Köln has agreed to pay the NFF an undisclosed sum in compensation.

Though the NFF will have to look for another coach for the Norwegian National Team, there are those who hope that current coach Egil “Drillo” Olsen (69) may be persuaded to continue.

Source: The Norway Post

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