Monday, May 16

U-national team coach against the Odd job – in negotiations with NFF

The Odd board will discuss the coaching issue in the board meeting on Monday afternoon. In all probability, it goes to G19 national team coach Pål Arne Johansen (44).

CAN GET A NEW JOB: Pål Arne Johansen during the selection of the U20 national team’s World Cup squad in 2019.

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At the same time, former Ranheim coach Svein Maalen is still in a kind of final heat, but as VG understands, the ski club has asked to enter into negotiations with the Norwegian Football Association to release the longtime U-national team coach from the contract.

If these work out, at the same time as Johansen is satisfied with the framework offered by Odd, he will be Jan Frode Nornes’ replacement at Skagerak Arena.

On Monday afternoon, VG was in contact with Johansen regarding the coaching job in Odd, which became vacant after 13th place in 2021 was not enough for Nornes to keep the job.

– Has (as usual) no comment on such matters. But always nice to be mentioned in such contexts, Johansen writes and signs with “Paco”, the nickname he goes by in the football community.

He said the same thing Telemark newspaper Sunday – when the local newspaper also wrote that the job goes to Svein Maalen or Johansen.

Pål Arne Johansen led the U20 national team in the World Cup in the summer of 2019 – with, among others, the back line and Erling Braut Haaland as spearhead. Despite the current Borussia Dortmund star’s insane nine goals in the 12-0 victory against Honduras, the Norwegian team did not advance from the group stage.

Odd director Einar Håndlykken did not answer VG’s calls on Monday. In a text message to VG, board chairman Trond Haukvik confirms that the coaching job is on the agenda in Monday’s board meeting.

– Is Pål Arne Johansen relevant for the job?

– We will get back to this matter after the board meeting, Haukvik answers.

– When do you hope to present a new coach?

– There will probably be more info about the case during the evening, Odd’s chairman of the board continues.

PS! Odd is still without a sports manager after Tore Andersen resigned after last year’s season.

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