Norwegian international defender Aage Hareide spent 1982 to 1984
at Carrow Road and credits it as being one of the happiest spells
in his career. He departed in April 1984 to manage a furniture
manufacturing firm in his native Norway but said that if he was
25 rather than 31, he would have stayed at Norwich as he enjoyed
living in Norfolk so much. Being Norfolk born and bred myself,
it gives me great pleasure to hear this as Aage's earlier spell
in England with Manchester City was less successful. Aage was
at Maine Road from September 1981 through to November 1982 and
made just 24 appearances and was booked 17 seconds into his debut
against Nottingham Forest. He joined Norwich on loan in November
1982 and transferred permanently the following August. He made
a total of 54 appearances for the Canaries and scored 3 goals.
Soon after his return to Norway, he was appointed player-coach
at Molde FK with whom he had played from 1976 to 1981. He had
begun his career at Hodd in 1969. Molde are one of Norway's leading
clubs and have produced such starlets as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
who is a regular in Manchester United's first team. One cannot
help but wonder if the Norwich management (Deehan, Megson) under
the Chase regime were offered Solskjaer but turned him down. Aage
resigned from his position as coach at Molde in October 1997 citing
personal reasons for his decision. The February 1998 edition of
World Soccer magazine reported that Aage had joined Swedish
side Helsingborg as coach. In his inaugural season, they won the
Swedish Cup. He was linked with a return to Norway with FC Brann
Bergen (who also approached Mike Walker)
but opted to stay with Helsingborg.
According to The Guardian of 1st June 1999, Aage was appointed
as the new manager of Danish giants Brondby following the departure
of their manager Ebbe Skovdahl to take over at Aberdeen. Aage
was also linked by The Sun to replace Egil Olsen as manager
of Wimbledon following their struggle at the bottom of the Premiership
and the sacking of Olsen on 1st May 2000. Despite his friendship
with Wimbledon's Norwegian owners, Aage has stated that he has
a contract with Brondby until 2002 and that he intends to see
After a poor run of results, Aage was sacked by Brondby in the
early part of April 2002. Norwegian contacts have since informed
me that Aage is to take control at Norwegian side Rosenberg in
the winter of 2002 when Nils Arne Eggen retires. This was confirmed
by the October 2002 edition of World Soccer. Rosenborg
are Scandinavia's leading side after they qualified for their
8th consecutive Champions League campaign and their 11th consecutive
Norwegian league title. Success at Rosenberg led to the Norwegian
Football Association appointing Hareide as the new national coach
as of January 2004.
Hareide was linked with the vacany Norwich City manager's post
in October 2007 following Peter Grant's departure but ruled himself
out of the running stating that he was hoping to take Norway to
the Euro 2008 finals.
On 9th December 2008, Hareide announced that he was stepping
down as coach of the Norwegian international team after five years
in the role. He cited a lack of motivation as the reason for his
decision suggesting that the Norwegian FA needed to appoint someone
who could inject new life into the team who are currently bottom
of their World Cup qualifying group
On 14th January 2009, the Norwegian press linked Hareide with
the Norwich City manager's job following the sacking of Glenn
Roeder. After resigning as the Norwegian national team's coach
Hareide began working as an expert Premier League commentator
for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation
On 10th June 2009 it was announced that he will be coaching Swedish
side Örgryte IS. He quit in November 2009 to take charge
at Norwegian side Viking. Hareide stepped up to become General
Manager during the winter of 2011/12 and was replaced by Spainard
Joseph Ruiz. With the team positioned on 10th place on 9 June
2012, Hareide was released by Viking FK because of the bad results.
Following Conny Karlsson's resignation in Helsingborgs IF, the
club hired Hareide, the last coach who won the Allsvenskan with
Helsingborgs IF, except Karlsson, as head coach until the end
of the 2012 season.
In the autumn of 2013, he joined the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation
as a commentator.
Despite stating that he would not return to management, he joined
Malmo, the reigning Swedish champions, as manager on 9th January
2014. He steered Malmo to a league title and qualification for the group stages of the Champions League two years running in his two seasons in charge.
On 10th December 2015, he was appointed as manager of Denmark, replacing Morten Olsen who stepped down after over 15 years in the job following Denmark’s 4-3 aggregate defeat to Sweden in their Euro 2016 play-offs in November 2015. Hareide takes over on a two-year contract with an option for two further years.
Hareide and Denmark qualified for the World Cup in Russia with a 5-1 win over Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland in Dublin on 14th November 2017. The sides had drawn the first leg 0-0.