Rosenborg set for disappointment as City ‘candidate’ wins award

Bodo Glimt trainer Kjetil Knutsen during the match Roma-Bodo Glimt at the stadio Olimpico. Rome (Ita

Bodo Glimt head coach Kjetil Knutsen during his team's draw at Roma last week - Credit: Zuma Press/PA Images

As links to the vacancy at Norwich City persist, Bodo Glimt manager Kjetil Knutsen’s success has been recognised by yet another award in Norway. 

Knutsen was yesterday named Eliteserien Coach of the Month for October after his team won four and drew one of their five league games last month, including a 2-0 away win over title rivals Molde. 

Glimt now know that two wins from their final four games will see them retain the Norwegian title, despite slipping to a 2-2 draw at Haugesund on Sunday. 

The award win was also bolstered by a remarkable 6-1 home win over Roma in the Europa Conference League, inflicting the biggest defeat of Jose Mourinho’s career. 

That has also kept Bodo on course for the knockout stages, thanks to a 2-2 draw in Rome earlier this month, with a home win against already-eliminated CSKA Sofia later this month likely to seal progress. 

That current success is what has created doubt about the links to Norwich following Daniel Farke’s dismissal on Saturday, with Knutsen having so much to play for currently. 

As of this morning, he remains the second favourite with bookmakers for the Canaries job, with Sky Bet offering the Norwegian at 3/1 behind 8/15 favourite Frank Lampard. 

City officials are keeping their cards close to their chest but it’s believed hopes are still high that sporting director Stuart Webber will be able to appoint a new head coach before the end of this week. 

Knutsen, 53, took charge at Glmit at the start of the 2018 season and inspired a surge to second place in 2019 to be named Eliteserien Coach of the Year, a title he won again last year after going one better and winning the club’s first title. 

All of which has seen Norway manager Stale Solbakken back his compatriot to be in contention for the Norwich job, with his profile at its highest point. 

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That would appear to be bad news for 26-time champions Rosenborg though, who are set to go a third season without the trophy.