• Norway edition
 
Solbakken named as new Wolves manager
Photo: Erlend Aas/Scanpix (File)

Solbakken named as new Wolves manager

Published: 11 May 2012 15:55 GMT+02:00

The 44-year-old Norwegian will officially take over from Mick McCarthy on July 1st. Terry Connor, who struggled as McCarthy’s temporary replacement, will remain part of the club’s coaching staff.

“I am delighted to be taking up the important challenge to manage Wolves,” Solbakken told the club’s website.  

“It's an exciting opportunity to manage a great club and I can't wait to get started."

Solbakken takes over a team that went into freefall after McCarthy got the sack in February, with Wolves becoming the first team this season to drop out of the Premier League.

The Norwegian, capped 58 times for his country, said he did not wish to comment further on his appointment until his official presentation to the media on Monday.

Ståle Solbakken, who formerly managed top Danish side FC Copenhagen and FC Köln in Germany, becomes the first person outside of Britain or Ireland to manage Wolves.

“It’s a wise and good decision by both parties, and it’s fantastic timing for Ståle,” Lars Tjærnås, former Wimbledon assistant manager and a fellow Norwegian, told news agency NTB.

Solbakken played just six games for Wimbledon during his only spell in England as a players.

“He comes to a club with a culture and philosophy that should suit him, as well as a league and style of play that will match what he stands for,” Tjærnås added.

For Solbakken, the new job marks a swift return to football after FC Köln sacked him with four games of the season left to play. Like Wolves, Köln too were relegated from their country’s top league.

Solbakken’s playing career ended in 2001 when he suffered a heart attack and had a pacemaker implanted.

NTB/The Local (news@thelocal.no)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Norway u-turn to stay in European space program
Photo: Shutterstock

Norway u-turn to stay in European space program

The Norwegian government will stay in the European space satellite program after their proposal to quit it was rejected by rival parties in Parliament, on Friday. READ  

Is Martin Ødegaard going to get Real?
Where to next for Martin Ødegaard, Norway's hottest sports property. Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB scanpix

Is Martin Ødegaard going to get Real?

Norwegian soccer star Martin Ødegaard is set to sign for Spanish club Real Madrid on his sixteenth birthday next month, said latest media reports on Friday. READ  

Wanted for TV doc: UK expats in Nordics
Kevin McCloud will host the television series. Photo: Optomen Television.

Wanted for TV doc: UK expats in Nordics

Have you and your family moved to a snowy wildscape in Scandinavia and set up eco-friendly home? If so, a British film production company would like to hear from you. READ  

World Chess Champs: Game ten result
Magnus Carlsen in control in Sochi. Photo: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix

World Chess Champs: Game ten result

Magnus Carlsen drew for the eighth time against Vishy Anand in the tenth game of the World Championship in Russia on Friday, to maintain his lead 5.5 points to 4.5. READ  

Controversial VAT limit raised to 350 kroner
Norway government raises VAT limit for e-commerce Photo: Shutterstock

Controversial VAT limit raised to 350 kroner

The highly debated duty-free limit for imported goods has been finally set at 350 kroner by the Norwegian government, on Friday. READ  

Norway to grow food crops in space
NASA's International Space Station. Photo: Shutterstock

Norway to grow food crops in space

A team of scientists in Norway are set to research the possibility of growing plants and food crops in outer space, it was revealed on Friday. READ  

Queen Latifah to host Nobel award ceremony
Queen Latifah. Photo: Shutterstock

Queen Latifah to host Nobel award ceremony

US former rap artist turned Queen Latifah will host the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo in December. READ  

World Chess Champs: Ninth game, eighth draw
Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand. Photo: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix

World Chess Champs: Ninth game, eighth draw

Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand drew the ninth match of the World Chess Championship on Thursday, in a match pundits described as "boring". READ  

Sham healer jailed for harming cancer victim

Sham healer jailed for harming cancer victim

A 70-year-old self-confessed alternative medicine man has been jailed in Norway after he gave misleading and illegal advice to a terminally cancer patient, it was revealed on Thursday. READ  

Oslo: Home to Nordics' most expensive property
Panorama view of Oslo, Norway. Photo: Shutterstock

Oslo: Home to Nordics' most expensive property

A three-bedroom apartment sold for a cool 40 million kroner price-tag in Norway this week, making it the most expensive property per square metre ever sold among the Nordic nations. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Health
Norwegian Ebola victim free of virus
National
Kjell Inge Røkke tops Norway's Rich List
International
Surprise! Norway priciest for home comforts
National
Norway terror attacks to become TV drama
International
Malala: Youngest ever Nobel Peace Laureate
Society
Norwegian 'child bride' to marry in Oslo
Society
The fickle five: Meet the Nobel commitee
National
Norway celebrates 25 years of Sami politics
Business & Money
CurrencyFair: Why it pays when making overseas transfers
International
Norway best country for older people
Society
Queen Sonja of Norway's nephew jailed
National
Ex-Norway PM set to become head of Nobel
National
Muslim centre wanted on site of Munch Museum
International
Norway to send military staff in fight against IS
National
Father warns Breivik 'more extreme than ever'
Society
Norway's Princess of the Paranormal under fire
National
Four-year-old Norway girl sleepwalks 4km
National
Photo: Baby cliff edge shocker in Norway
Travel
Cruise line offers Northern Lights promise
National
10-tonne shark found dead off Norway coast
Culture
Britney to visit Norway for lingerie launch
International
'If Snowden wins Nobel Prize, arrest him!': MP
Culture
VIDEO: Swim ace does 'Pool Rubik's Challenge'
National
Norwegian man in 7,000 litre 'Ice Truck Challenge'
Society
Norwegian brewery pulls 'fart-smelling' beer
Sport
Ødegaard: Norway's youngest player ever
Features
Meet Norway's raining kings of fashion
National
Miracle cat survives 20 gunshots in Norway
National
Second death within hours at Chess Olympics
National
Norway and Sweden mark 200 years of peace
Culture
Interview: Helene Meldahl, selfie artist
Society
Now serving ... Norway's smallest bar
Travel
Floating Northern Lights hotel planned in Norway
National
Circus camel escapes again
National
Swiss bus driver charged with careless driving in fatal Norway crash
Society
Brit's charity tractor trek heads for Norway
National
Norway lifts Segway ban
Culture
GALLERY: Ten great songs about Norway
Society
Høie promises to reform sex change law
Education
Norway fjord invaded by monster jellyfish
Culture
VIDEO: Norwegian anti-Facebook film goes viral
Culture
Norway pop duo hits number 4 on US charts
Sport
Norway fan wins big on Suarez bite bet
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

302
jobs available
The Local Spain is hiring!
The Local is seeking a new editor for our site in Spain to join our growing team of internationally-minded, driven, ambitious and clued-up journalists
Click here for the full job description