– We need time

BRIGHTON (VG) As an elite director, Lise Klaveness is the one who extended the agreement with Martin Sjögren until after next year’s WC. As president of football, Klaveness could be the one to fire Sjögren after another European Championship fiasco.

COACH AND PRESIDENT: Martin Sjögren and the Norwegian women’s national team did not get a vote in the European Championships. Here with then elite director, now president of football, Lise Klaveness in regards to the 2019 World Cup squad drawdown.

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Now that the European Championships are over – and already in the group stage as in the Netherlands in 2017 – VG has asked football president Klaveness three questions:

  • Do you trust Martin Sjögren and his project?
  • How does the president of football assess the development of the women’s national team in recent years?
  • Will Martin Sjögren coach in Norway’s next match (Belgium-Norway 2 September, World Cup qualifier)?

Here’s the football president’s answer:

– We never reached the level we knew the team had the best. We did badly in the European Championship. Now we concentrate on the work of digesting and evaluating experiences. Here we need time. We have to make these judgments and conversations internally. We communicated externally when we were ready for this, Klaveness wrote in an email via association football director of communications Gro Tvedt Anderssen.

It has been 10 months since Lise Klaveness as a top football manager chose to extend Martin Sjögren’s contract. It really came out after the championship here in England.

ON THE FIELDS: President of football Lise Klaveness in conversation with national team coach Martin Sjögren at Brighton training ground – before Norway were knocked out of the European Championship.

– Martin has a contract until after the European Championships, and when we come to the European Championships, there are two rounds left of the World Cup qualifiers. We look at this in context, so the manager of the same national team that entered the championship who also completed World Cup qualifiers, is the reason Klaveness told NRK.

Klaveness has now become president of football. And she heads the federal council, which has a mandate to fire the Swede if they think it’s in the best interest of the women’s national team.

After being knocked out of the European Championship, Martin Sjögren has made it clear that he has the players’ trust and that he “has had a very good conversation with the players”.

– I’m very motivated to continue. I’m sure this group can bounce back from such a defeat. We’ve done that before, he told VG.

The day after the defeat against Austria, which saw Norway crash out of the European Championship, Sjögren said he had spoken to Klaveness.

– I talk a lot with Lise, but we haven’t talked about my future, said the Swede.

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