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Solskjær rules himself out of Aston Villa job

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has ruled himself out of the manager's job at English Premier League side Aston Villa, after agreeing with his Norwegian club Molde that only his former club Manchester United could tempt him away.

Solskjær rules himself out of Aston Villa job
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According to Norwegian media reports Solskjær reached an agreement with the Norwegian champions and their billionaire backer Kjell Inge Røkke over dinner on Tuesday. The meeting was convened after a period of turbulence at the club following Solskjær's decision to fly to Birmingham on Friday to meet Aston Villa officials.

Kjell Inge Røkke, whose firm Aker ASA has backed Molde FK to the tune of at least 500 million kroner ($84 million), reacted angrily to the reports of Aston Villa's interest, threatening to withdraw his funding of the club. 

According to the agreement, Solskjær has agreed to rule himself out of the Aston Villa post and commit himself to Molde FK for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, according to a report in the Dagbladet daily.

Solskjær is however reported to have secured a clause in the agreement that were Manchester United to come calling he would be allowed to leave in 2012. Furthermore the young coach would be allowed to speak with Premier League clubs next season on the proviso that financial compensation would be forthcoming.

Kjell Inge Røkke, together will fellow investor Bjørn Rune Gjelsten, have in return promised to stump up 10 million kroner to strengthen Molde FK's squad, according to Dagbladet.

Aston Villa has since confirmed the news that Ole Gunnar Solskjær has ruled himself of the race to replace the sacked Alex McLeish.

Molde FK have announced that they will hold a press conference at 5pm on Wednesday to clarify the situation regarding the club, the investors and their sought after young manager.

"No enquiries will be answered before the press conference," the club declared in a statement on Wednesday morning.

Kjell Inge Røkke, one of Norway's wealthiest men, is known in the UK for having bought Wimbledon FC in the late 1990s and presiding over the 1988 FA Cup winners' controversial move to Milton Keynes.

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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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