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Solbakken named new Wolves boss

Norwegian coach Stale Solbakken has been confirmed as the new manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wolves have been without a permanent boss since they sacked Mick McCarthy in February, replacing the coach with his assistant Terry Connor on an interim basis.

Connor was unable to save the club from relegation, and, ahead of the final match of the 2011-12 Premier League campaign, he is winless in charge of the Midlands club.

Former Norway international Solbakken, 44, has now been announced as Wolves' new boss, and will officially take over on July 1 as they plan for next season in the Championship.

Solbakken, who made six league appearances for Wimbledon in the 1990s, parted company with Bundesliga side Cologne last month following a poor run of form.

He made his name as head coach of FC Copenhagen where he won five league titles and will becomes Wolves' first foreign manager.

Solbakken's playing career came to an end when he suffered a cardiac arrest in 2001 during a training session with FC Copenhagen, when Roy Hodgson was in charge.

Chief executive Jez Moxey said on the club's official website: "Following talks with Stale Solbakken I am happy to confirm that he has agreed to become our new manager. He will be formally introduced to the media on Monday."

Solbakken added: "I am delighted to be taking up the important challenge to manage Wolves. It's an exciting opportunity to manage a great club and I can't wait to get started."


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