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Monday 23 October 2017

Rosenborg boss gets the boot after Sligo loss

SLIGO ROVERS' remarkable win in Norway last week has cost a manager his job, as Rosenborg have sacked their boss.

Per Joar Hansen was under pressure after his side were surprisingly beaten 2-1 at home to Sligo last week and now the club have acted, dismissing the coach, so the Norwegians will have a new man in the dugout for Thursday's second leg against Sligo at the Showgrounds, though Kåre Ingebrigtsen could be there as caretaker.

"The club has not been satisfied with the results or performance development, and sees that it is necessary to make changes to achieve this," the club said, explaining the manager's exit.

"The Board recognises that the sporting efforts have not worked optimally and will continue to work on defining the organisation and functions of the athletic department. We are prepared to spend time on this."

A defeat to an Irish club in Europe has been costly in the past - Hajduk Split ditched their manager Ivan Katalinic soon after his side were knocked out of the Champions League by Shelbourne in 2004.

For a long period, Rosenborg were a major force in the European club scene as they competed in the group stages of the Champions League 11 times in 13 seasons between 1995 and 2008, a run that included eight successive group-stage campaigns.

But although the club from Trondheim have struggled in Europe in recent seasons, like defeat to St Johnstone last year, the loss to Sligo was deemed unacceptable and the coach has paid the price.

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