Norway has appointed Per-Mathias Hogmo as its coach on a four-year deal.
The 53-year-old began the season coaching Djugardens in Sweden’s top flight and will continue his role with the club for the remainder of the season before replacing Egil Olsen on a full-time basis. Hogmo has previously managed Norway’s under-21s as well as the women’s team, but acknowledges he has been waiting for an opportunity to coach the senior side.
“I am very motivated to take on the job as coach,” he said on the NFF website. “This is a job I have longed for my entire career. I am an innovative person, and want to put my stamp on how Norway will play.
“I initially said yes to take over fom Egil from the new year. But when the NFF wanted me to take over for the remaining matches in the autumn, and [Olsen] supported me, I had no doubts. I’m hoping to provide the team with a boost against Slovenia and Iceland.”
Norwegian Football Federation president Yngve Hall added: “Hogmo is the right man to coach because he is technically and tactically strong, has good results, he has international experience and is constantly searching for new knowledge."
Norway, which sits fourth in its World Cup qualification group, remains just two points adrift of a place in the playoffs and faces two critical fixtures next month away to Slovenia and at home to Iceland, as it tries and salvage its slim qualification hopes.