World Cup qualifying news

Hogmo takes up Norway post

September 27, 2013
By ESPN staff

Norway have appointed Djurgarden coach Per-Mathias Hogmo as their new manager.

Hogmo -- a former Norway midfielder who has previously managed the national women's and Under-21s teams - has signed a four-year contract, with the option to part ways if Norway do not qualify for the 2016 European Championship finals.

He replaces Egil Olsen, who agreed to step down after a 2-0 loss at home to Switzerland in the latest round of World Cup qualifiers earlier this month.

The initial plan had been for Hogmo to pick up the reins on January 1, 2014, but it has now been decided he will oversee the final two Group E qualifiers -- against Slovenia and Iceland -- next month.

"I am very motivated to take on the job as coach," Hogmo, who will continue in his role with Swedish club Djurgarden for the rest of the season, said on the NFF's 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 from Egil from the new year.

"But when the NFF wanted me to take over for the remaining matches in the autumn - and he (Olsen) supported me - I was in no doubt. I'm hoping for a boost against Slovenia and Iceland."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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