LEGENDARY Norwegian manager Nils Arne Eggen has passed away, aged 80.
The former Rosenborg and Norway national team coach is one of his country’s greatest ever footballing icons.
Eggen will go down as one of Norway’s greatest ever football managersCredit: Getty
He managed for 45 years and his longevity was something to beholdCredit: Getty
He coached Rosenborg for 23 years across six spells between 1971 and 2010.
During his time with the club he won a remarkable 14 league titles and six Norwegian Cups – while also achieving qualification for the Champions League.
And Eggen also took charge of Norway between 1974 and 1977, narrowly missing out on qualification for the 1978 World Cup.
He won Norway’s Coach of the Year award on seven occasions – all of which came in the 1990s.
Ex-Norwegian footballer Jan Aage Fjortoft posted a touching tribute on social media which read: “One of the greatest legend of Norwegian football ever, Nils Arne Eggen, has died.
“The ‘Sir Alex’ of Rosenborg who had success in the Champions League with nearly only “home-made” players.
Eggen will go down as an icon of Norwegian footballCredit: PA
Eggen coached Rosenborg across five different decadesCredit: PA
“A fantastic personality that I loved to be around. RIP.”
And Rosenborg BK also paid homage to their former manager with a statement saying: “It was with sorrow that Rosenborg today received the message that the club’s greatest legend is dead.
“Nils Arne fell asleep quietly until Wednesday night with his immediate family by his side.”
A Norwegian football fan said: “Rest in peace, Nils Arne Eggen. You brought some of the greatest memories to us norwegian football fans. A true legend.”
While another added: “Norway’s most important football coach ever.”
Eggen also enjoyed a career as a player before establishing himself as an elite level coach.
He won the Norwegian top flight on two occasions with Rosenborg – in 1967 and 1969.
And during his first title as a player, he was also named the division’s Player of the Year.
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