Solskjær not interested in Norway’s top football job

Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjær ruled himself out of the running on Thursday to become head coach of the Norwegian national team.

Solskjær not interested in Norway's top football job
Solskjær said he didn't want to leave his job at Molde. Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / NTB scanpix
Norway have been looking for a successor to Per-Mathias Høgmo after he resigned in November following a run of poor results.
But Solskjær, 43, said he would not be leaving Molde, the club he returned to in 2015 following an ill-fated spell in charge of Cardiff City in the Premier League.
“I'm staying here,” he told Norwegian television, hours after speaking with officials from the country's football federation. 
“I have a job that I'm happy with and I gave my word that I would stay here,” said the man who scored the winning goal for United in their 1999 last-gasp 2-1 come from behind victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.
Solskjær is the second Norwegian candidate in a week to turn down the job after Ståle Solbakken opted to remain with FC Copenhagen. American Bob Bradley, sacked by Swansea City last month, has also held talks with the Norwegian FA.
Whoever takes up the post faces a huge challenge as Norway bid to qualify for their first major tournament since Euro 2000. The Norwegians are fifth in their 2018 World Cup qualifying group after three defeats in four matches, with their only victory coming against minnows San Marino.
However, Solskjær, who played for his country at both the 1998 World Cup and European Championship two years later, did admit he would one day like to manage on the international stage.
“It's a distant dream to lead Norway towards the World Cup finals but before that I would really like to steer Molde into the Champions League group stage,” he said.

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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.