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Solskjær on Villa talks: ‘I am not after a new job’

Former Manchester United icon Ole Gunnar Solskjær has confirmed that he has rule himself out of becoming manager of Aston Villa to stay with Norwegian club Molde.

Solskjær on Villa talks: 'I am not after a new job'
Photo: NTB scanpix

The 39-year-old had talks with Villa on Friday, the English Premier League club left managerless after Alex McLeish was fired.

"I have not had any offers," Solskjær told a press conference on Saturday. "I'm not looking for another job."
 
"In football, and in life in general, things turn up that you have to make decisions about. I have a contract for two more years and I'll stand by that."
 
Speculation that Solskjær was being considered for the Aston Villa post accelerated on Friday after reports that Villa owner Randy Lerner's private jet had been spotted in Kristiansund. Molde confirmed on Friday morning that they had given Aston Villa permission to speak to their highly-rated young manager.
 
Solskjær was subsequently flown to Birmingham on Friday for talks with Aston Villa officials.
 
But he returned to Norway late Friday to learn that Molde's billionaire backer Kjell Inge Rokke had pulled the plug on his company's 20-year support, which included building the club a new stadium in the late 1990s, as a result of the Villa talks.
 
But Solskjær defended his decision to meet with Aston Villa, meaning that he missed a training session with Molde ahead of their weekend match against Sandnes Ulf.
 
"I felt I owed myself to visit them. I have said no to several Premier League clubs this week. Finally, there comes a point where you want to talk to them, get acquainted and see what happens," Solskjær told the NRK daily after the match which ended 2-0 to Molde.

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Nordic countries to launch joint bid to host 2027 World Cup

Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland want to jointly host the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2027.

Nordic countries to launch joint bid to host 2027 World Cup
Sweden players during this year's World Cup in France. Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The five Nordic nations want to share hosting duties for the 2027 edition of the World Cup finals and are to present the idea to the Nordic Council at a meeting in Stockholm on Tuesday, Danish football association DBU has confirmed.

FIFA is already positively disposed to joint bids for future finals tournaments, which has lent encouragement to the Nordic project, according to DBU's chairman Jesper Møller.

“We can see that support for women's football is here to stay, most recently at the (2019) World Cup in France, where matches were played in front of full stadiums and television viewers' interest was huge,” Møller said.

“A joint Nordic World Cup would not only ensure a fantastic experience for many football fans but will also strengthen important Nordic partnerships and community, and hopefully inspire many football-keen women and girls,” he continued.

“That's why support from the Nordic Council is important,” he added.

The Nordic Council (Nordisk Råd) is the official body for inter-parliamentary co-operation among the five Nordic countries and three territories of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and the Åland Islands.

DBU is also looking into the possibility of hosting the 2025 European Championships in Denmark.

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