Hogmo appointed Norway coach

The former Rosenborg boss has been selected to take over from Egil Olsen as coach of the national team
Norway have appointed Per-Mathias Hogmo as their new coach on a four-year deal.

The 53-year-old began the season coaching Djugardens in Sweden’s top flight and will continue his role with the club for the remainder of the season before replacing Egil Olsen on a full-time basis.

Hogmo has previously managed Norway’s Under-21’s as well as the women’s team, but admits he has been waiting for an opportunity to coach the senior side.

“I am very motivated to take on the job as coach,” he said on the NFF website.

“This is a job I have longed for my entire career. I am an innovative person, and want to put my stamp on how Norway will play.

“I initially said yes to take over fom Egil from the new year. But when the NFF wanted me to take over for the remaining matches in the autumn, and [Olsen] supported me, I had no doubts.

“I’m hoping to provide the team with a boost against Slovenia and Iceland.”

Norwegian Football Federation president Yngve Hall added: “Hogmo is the right man to coach because he is technically and tactically strong, has good results, he has international experience and is constantly searching for new knowledge."

Norway, who sit fourth in their World Cup qualification group, remain just two points adrift of a place in the play-offs and face two critical fixtures next month away to Slovenia and at home to Iceland, as they try and salvage their slim qualification hopes.