What was supposed to be an evening of short group meetings with the various team members on the national team, escalated to an impromptu general meeting which was overshadowed by a longer quarrel between Alexander Sørloth (24) and national team manager Lars Lagerbäck (72).
VG wrote on Saturday
between star striker Alexander Sørloth and the national team’s assistant coach Per Joar Hansen during a meeting in front of the entire squad the day before Wednesday’s match against Northern Ireland.
Now, after new conversations with several sources in and around the national team squad, VG can reveal more details about the prelude to what is described as a heated meeting and loud exchanges between Sørloth and national team manager Lars Lagerbäck at Thon Hotel Storo in Oslo.
Several sources VG has spoken to, say that the players after the events were strictly informed that nothing had to be leaked to outsiders.
The national team’s media manager Svein Graff has been presented with the information in this case, but has stated that neither he nor Lagerbäck want to comment on this. VG has for several days tried to get a comment from Alexander Sørloth and his agent Morten Wivestad, without success.
Here you can see a timeline of the events that characterized the national team gathering (the case continues below):
On Tuesday night, the national team management had planned group meetings with the various team members. This happened after the national team management on Sunday had previously invited the players to summarize their feedback in groups of five and five.
First out were the strikers: Sørloth, Erling Braut Haaland and Joshua King sat down in a group room with Lagerbäck and “Perry”.
The meeting was supposed to be relatively short, but lasted more than half an hour over time, so the next group, who were the midfielders, had to wait a long time outside the room.
At the summit, Sørloth is said to have raised what he thought were several points for improvement in Norway’s style of play and approach to the Serbia match, which ended in a 1-2 loss after extra innings.
Votes were raised several times during the group meeting, and the mood meant that there was never a meeting only for the midfielders or defenders.