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Solskjaer Turned Down Norway Job
ESPN Soccernet, February 23rd, 2009 3:30PM

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Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed to Denmark's TV2 that he chose club over country with regard to his budding coaching career, turning down top job for the Norwegian soccer federation to remain manager of the ManU reserve squad.

While it was "difficult to say no to the NFF" and he acknowledged that for a native, "the biggest job you can get is Norway coach," the 38-year-old said "at this point in time it's not for me," perhaps in part due to the fact that Norway didn't post a single victory in all of 2008 under former coach Aage Hareide.

According to Solskjaer, who retired from soccer following the 2006-07 season, his coaching career is on the right path. "Obviously it would have been exciting to take a much bigger job than the one I have," he said, but on the other hand, "My boss [Alex Ferguson] also has a lot of respect for the fact I didn't leave for the first job that came along."

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