John Arne Riise (41) is the new head coach of the top league club Avaldsnes.
Dagbladet mentioned the news first.
– I have had contact with several clubs. But Avaldsnes came on the field last week, Riise tells the newspaper.
– We had some conversations before a three-hour team meeting on Monday. Then I was very impressed with the professionalism within the club. Both how they work and not least how they really showed how much they wanted me.
Riise has been the head coach of the Tønsberg club Flint for the past two years. At the end of October, the club was relegated to the 4th division, and a few days later Riise was finished in the club.
After just over a month without a job, he is now ready for Avaldsnes. The former national team captain has signed a two-year contract with the club, which came in eighth place in the Toppserien last season, and will already start working on Wednesday.
Thus, Avaldsnes has put in place the successor to Thomas Dahle, who chose to resign as head coach of the club on 1 November.
– We have followed Riise since he was a young boy and cheered on him throughout his fantastic playing career. He has worked with many of the world’s best coaches and has in a long career developed a unique football skills. We will greatly enjoy this in Avaldsnes, says general manager Norvald Audun Kaldheim in Avaldsnes to Dagbladet.
Riise has among other things played for the clubs Liverpool, Monaco, Roma and Fulham, and has after the end of his playing career stated that the goal is a coaching job in the Premier League.
To Stavanger Aftenblad he says that he sees the coaching job in Avaldsnes as a unique opportunity to develop as a coach.
– I have been in men’s football all my life, and now I am ready for a raw challenge as head coach for Avaldsnes and women’s football. I am confident that I will be a better person and train through this challenge, Riise tells the newspaper, and also tells that he is moving to Haugalandet.