National team coaches Lars Lagerbäck and Alexander Sørloth have been talking about the noise lately, and claim that they have cracked up.
The press release from the Norwegian Football Association is signed Alexander Sørloth, national team captain Stefan Johansen, assistant coach Per Joar Hansen and Lars Lagerbäck. They state the following on
“Alexander has understood that the form of communication was wrong, which he regrets and we agree on the guidelines that apply to the national team.
In the aftermath of the Serbia match, as is well known, a heated discussion ensued. In a performance culture, it should be high under the roof. This time the temperature was too high, and the discussions went too far from both parties.
After Sunday’s meeting, the parties are busy putting the case behind them.
“Alexander and the coaching staff emphasize that he has not said that the coaches are incompetent, but Alexander regrets that he argued in a way that makes them perceive it that way.
Both Alexander Sørloth, coaching team and captain team have talked together and are keen to put the matter behind them, and focus on the upcoming international matches “, concludes the statement from Sørloth, national team captain and the coaching duo.
Norway’s next international match will be played on November 11 against Israel. November 15 and November 18 await Nations League matches against Romania and Austria. Norway is number two in its group, behind Austria in mutual settlement.
There has been a storm around the national team after VG revealed details about the heated discussions after the Serbia loss. See the timeline of what happened here:
At the closed meetings, Sørloth is said to have expressed that he thought Norway should be better prepared to play against Serbia’s 3-4-2-1 formation, and that a more offensive approach should be taken in this and other matches.
In the discussion about the Serbia match, Lagerbäck drew a Sørloth boom from a match against Cyprus in 2018. It all must have ended in a loud quarrel.
– How dare you, who missed an open goal against Cyprus two years ago, say anything? shall Lagerbäck have said.