Martin Sjögren out as Norway coach after disappointing Euros

Martin Sjögren is out in Norway. (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)

Martin Sjögren has resigned as head coach of the Norwegian women’s national team after failing to make the knockout stages of the European Championships.

Assistant coach Anders Jacobson has also resigned.

The two-time European champions beat Northern Ireland in their opener before losing to England 8-0 and dropping a 1-0 decision against Austria. It’s the second-straight tournament in which the team has failed to make the knockout rounds, having also missed in 2017, after finishing runners-up in 2013.

Their exit marks back-to-back group stage exits under Sjögren since he was hired.

Sjögren has been in charge of the team since 2016, during which time the team struggled. After losing in the quarterfinals at the 2019 World Cup, the team did not qualify for the Tokyo Olympics last summer — their third straight Olympics without qualifying.

Sjögren signed a new deal last year, with the stipulation that he would be reviewed following the team’s performance at this summer’s Euros.

“The expectations before this championship were clear and we had high ambitions to go far,” Sjögren said. “When the results did not match the expectations, the natural solution is that we now go our separate ways.”

NFF president Lise Klaveness thanked both coaches for their time and efforts while also citing a “shared responsibility” amongst the team and staff for the disappointing summer. The NFF said it hopes to hire a new coach prior to Norway’s 2023 World Cup qualifiers against Belgium and Albania in September.