Norway changes coach after poor World Cup showing
OSLO, Norway (AP) - Per-Mathias Hogmo has been tapped as Norway's new coach, replacing Egil Olsen who agreed to resign after the latest poor results in the team's attempt to qualify for the World Cup.
The Norwegian federation said on Friday that Hogmo, a 53-year-old former midfielder, will continue to coach Swedish side Djurgarden for the rest of the season. He previously coached Norway women and several Norwegian clubs, including Rosenborg.
Hogmo replaced Olsen, who quit after a 2-0 loss to Switzerland in World Cup qualifying this month.
Norway lies fourth behind Switzerland, Iceland and Slovenia, and its qualifying chances are remote.
Olsen, 71, had coached Norway during its most successful period in the 1990s with two World Cup qualifications, and then again since 2009.