Age Hareide has been unveiled as the new Denmark national team manager, taking over after long time manager Morten Olsen.
Olsen, 66, managed Denmark for 15 years, but was let go by the Danish soccer federation after the loss to Sweden in the Euro 2016 qualification playoffs. If Denmark would have gone through, Olsen would have stayed on until the end of the tournament.
Hareide, 62, is leaving his job at Malmo FF to take over Denmark. He lead Malmo to the Champions League group stage two years in a row and won the Swedish championship in 2014. His last game with the club was a 8-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League.
The Norwegian manager has signed a two-year contract with Denmark that expires after the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Denmark are in the same qualification group as Romania, Poland, Montenegro, Armenia, and Kazakhstan.
“I’m proud, happy and humbled to be the new Denmark manager and take over from Morten Olsen, whom I know personally and has been a big manager for the Danish national team,” Hareide said in a statement.
Hareide was not the only candidate for the job, as the Danish soccer federation also asked Danish legend Michael Laudrup if he was interested in the position. Hareide was aware of the inquiry to Laudrup and said that he understand that Laudrup was asked.
“Michael Laudrup is one of the biggest soccer icons in Denmark together with Morten Olsen,” Hareide said. “It’s natural that DBU asked him, everybody wishes that he would be the national team manager. I understand that Laudrup got an inquiry and I have no problems with that.”