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Jan Molby

Jan Molby
Norwich Career:  Loan (December 1995-January 1996) (5 appearances, 1 goal)
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Date of Birth: 04/07/1963 
Nationality: Danish


Danish international midfielder Jan Molby joined Liverpool from Ajax and made over 200 league appearances for the Merseysiders. Despite his Danish roots, he acquired a spectacular Scouse accent and became a favourite with the Liverpool fans. He spent some time in jail for a driving offence. In the 1995-1996 season, he spent a loan period with Barnsley making five appearances in the autumn including a 3-1 defeat at Carrow Road. Gary Megson brought him back to Norwich on loan at the end of 1995 with Jan making his debut in the 3-3 home draw with Reading. 2 more league appearances followed (Sunderland, Luton) as well as two Coca Cola Cup fifth round ties against Birmingham, Jan scoring in the 2-1 defeat at St Andrews.

Jan then joined Swansea City as player-manager and took them to Wembley in the Third Division Promotion Play-Offs in his first full season at the Vetch Field. A poor start to the 1997/98 season that saw Swansea fifth from bottom of Division Three resulted in Molby being sacked on 8th October 1997.

He was then linked with the manager's position at Carlisle. The Daily Mirror reported on 4th April 1998 that Welsh League side Rhayader have made a cheeky bid to Molby offering to pay him in meat not money for his playing skills. Rhayader club secretary Phil Woosnam insisted this was not a stunt and that as many of the Rhayader committee were farmers, they could pay him in steaks. Jan was also linked with the vacant manager's position at Norwich City following Mike Walker's departure.

Although Jan kept himself busy with commentating for BBC's Five Live and his own radio show on Manchester's Century 105 radio station, he could not stay away from football for long. In June 1999, he took over as manager for Conference side Kidderminster Harriers. The Sunday People reported on 16th January 2000 that Jan's achievements in leading Kidderminster to the top of the Conference had seen him placed on the short-list to replace departed Tony Pulis at Bristol City. On 25th March 2000, Jan was so angered by rumours that he was to quit table topping Kidderminster for Norwich City that he issued an official statement that he was staying at Kidderminster. "I will not be applying for the Norwich job and will decline invitations to do so".

Jan's Kidderminster side won the Conference title and thus promotion to the Football League at Easter 2000 after Rushden & Diamonds were unable to match the number of points obtained by Kidderminster. Jan was rewarded for his success with a new 4 year contract in June 2000. He was also named Conference Manager of the Year by the new Non League Paper.

Jan's success has been noted at other clubs and he was linked with the manager's position at Wolves in December 2000 following the sacking of Colin Lee. He has also been connected with the vacancy at Barnsley and at Tranmere following John Aldridge's departure in March 2001. His reputation has spread further afield with his name suggested as a replacement for Roy Hodgson at FC Copenhagen following Hodgson's departure to Serie A to manage Udinese. In September 2001, he was linked with the vacancy at Coventry and was said to be flattered by the speculation. Molby was later linked with the vacancy at less glamourous Wrexham following the resignations of Brian Flynn and Kevin Reeves.

He was also closely linked with the vacancy at Hull City in March 2002. He resigned from his position at Harriers at the beginning of April 2002 and was then approached to take over at Hull which he accepted. Harriers though thought Molby had been approached prior to his resignation and so threatened legal action. However his stay at Humberside was short with his being sacked on 10th October after just 16 games. Hull chairman Adam Pearson had set Molby a target of a play-off position by mid December when they move into their £43.5m new stadium. However at the time of the sacking, Hull sat in 18th position.

Jan didn't rest on his laurels for long, applying for the Exeter manager's vacancy the following week. However the position went to Graham Rix.

In May 2003 following Shrewsbury's relegation to the Conference and the subsequent departure of manager Kevin Ratcliffe, Molby's name resurfaced as a possible contender for the manager's role at Gay Meadow. Instead he joined fellow former Liverpool player Mike Marsh at Nuneaton with Molby performing a part-time coaching role in addition to his media work.

On October 20th 2003, Molby returned to former club Kidderminster as Director of Football following the sacking of Ian Britton. Britton was sacked by the Division Three club on Saturday night despite their goalless draw with Swansea. Molby will lead the side until the end of the season and Kidderminster chairman Colin Youngjohns believes the Dane is the right person for the job. "Some people will question why we have turned to Jan when he left in controversial circumstances," Youngjohns told the club's official website. "But he knows the club better than most and we have every confidence in him."

Less than a year later an with Kidderminster at the bottom of League Two, Molby resigned after meeting the board of directors on 26th October 2004. Harriers chairman Colin Youngjohns revealed that it was a difficult decision to accept Molby's resignation."Both Jan and ourselves are united in our disappointment at the League position the club currently finds itself in," Youngjohns told the club's official website. "Results haven't gone the way we would have hoped and Jan's task has been made all the more difficult by the horrendous injury problems we have suffered. The club needs a spark to re-ignite our season and Jan felt it would be
best if someone else tried to do that. It was a difficult decision for him, but we respect and understand his rational for this course of action.Jan leaves the club with our sincere best wishes." -
Youth team manager Shaun Cunnington will take caretaker charge of the side

In February 2007,Molby ruled himself out of the running to replace Kenny Jackett at Swandea City but suggested Joe Royle could do the job."Joe Royle's an experienced man, he knows the level and I'm sure he could fulfil Swansea City's ambitions," Molby told BBC Wales Sport. He added: "It's not just the Swansea job I'm not interested in, it's football management in general."

Jan is curretly working as a pundit on Danish TV. He was voted the 16th best player to have played for Liverpool by the club's official website.

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