On his own birthday, it became clear that Jan Frode Nornes (49) has finished as head coach of Odd.
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On Saturday morning, the local newspapers Telemarksavisa and Varden first reported that Nornes had been fired by Odd. In the afternoon the same day confirms Odd that Nornes is finished after two seasons as head coach of Odd.
– Odds Ballklubb has not fired Jan Frode Nornes, but after an overall assessment has come to the conclusion that the best thing for the club now is a change of coach, it is stated in the press release.
The news of the firing comes on the same day as he turns 49, and after Odd finished in 13th place in the 2021 season of the Elite Series. The ski club ended the season weak with only one victory in the last ten matches.
– After the last year’s season, the club carried out a thorough evaluation. Based on this and on the situation the club is in, there is a need to make changes to reverse the development, it says in the press release.
According to TA, Nornes was informed that he had been fired already on Wednesday. The same newspaper reports that Nornes is contesting the dismissal and has contacted a lawyer.
After being Dag-Eilev Fagermo’s assistant for a number of years, Nornes took over as coach when Fagermo went to Vålerenga. As recently as February last year, Nornes extended his contract with Odd. Then he signed a contract that extended into the 2023 season, but after a good spring season and disappointing autumn season, Nornes is finished.
Nornes has been an Odd man for a long time: As an active player, he was in Odd from 1999 to 2006, before he after the player career became assistant coach for the club in 2008.
The ski club now has a proper solitaire to lay before the upcoming 2022 season. They are now without a head coach, sports manager and chairman of the board. The club has previously confirmed that sports manager Tore Andersen will not continue in the job, while it became known in December that chairman of the board Trond Haukvik resigned.
VG has been in contact with Odd’s general manager, Einar Håndlykken, who only refers to the press release.
Jan Frode Nornes has not responded to VG’s inquiries.
VG will return with more.