Posted on May 12
New England manager Roy Hodgson has backed Stale Solbakken to revive the fortunes of Wolves following the former Norway international's appointment as the Midlands club's boss.
Solbakken, who played under Hodgson at Copenhagen more than 10 years ago, has been given the job of getting relegated Wolves back to the Premier League following this term's relegation after the Molineux side sacked Mick McCarthy and then promoted former assistant Terry Connor to caretaker manager
"I'm delighted because Stale is a good friend but also because I think it is an excellent appointment," Hodgson told Saturday's Wolverhampton Express and Star. "I think it is a good, exciting move by Wolves.
"It's not an appointment many would have expected from a part of Europe from which English clubs do not usually recruit.
"But I can tell Wolves fans they have hired a superb coach," Hodgson said of the 44-year-old Solbakken.
"Stale is a bright, young and impressive coach with good ideas and I am confident he will do well."
Hodgson was also Copenhagen manager when Solbakken suffered a cardiac arrest on the training ground which ended his career in 2001.
"When something like that happens, it naturally brings you closer together and since then Stale and I have been good friends," Hodgson said,
"But he was terrific captain for me, a fine footballer, and my assistant in that season at Copenhagen.
"I left after that and Stale took over and went on to have the most amazing success. Five championships in six years -- that was a wonderful effort.
"He is a fine coach in my view with good ideas. I congratulate Wolves on an impressive appointment."
Solbakken became available to Wolves after he was sacked by relegated German outfit Cologne last month.