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Ostergaard backing for Solbakken

FC Copenhagen owner Flemming Ostergaard believes Wolves have appointed the right man in Stale Solbakken as their new manager in succession to Mick McCarthy and interim boss Terry Connor.

Solbakken endured an unhappy spell at Cologne which resulted in him being sacked by the Bundesliga club last month. But the former Norway international enjoyed plenty of success at Copenhagen in leading them to five league titles.

When asked whether Solbakken could lead Wolves to promotion, Ostergaard said: "If the board of directors give him the freedom to. I don't know the economy in Wolverhampton, but I'm sure they have chosen the right man for the job."

Asked what had gone wrong at Cologne on Sky Sports News, Ostergaard said: "Cologne is the madhouse. I'm not surprised at all (that he has come to England). He could be a manager in all the big five countries in football, without any doubt."

Solbakken was forced to retire from playing a decade ago after suffering a cardiac arrest when at Copenhagen who were then coached by the new England manager Roy Hodgson.

He wears a pacemaker but Ostergaard has no doubts about his health and said: "He is more healthy than me and you. It is no problem."

Solbakken is relishing the chance to revive Wolves' fortunes following their relegation from the Barclays Premier League after three successive seasons.

The former Wimbledon player, who will be unveiled to the media on Monday, said: "I am delighted to be taking up the important challenge to manage Wolves. It's an exciting opportunity to manage a great club and I can't wait to get started."

Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey said: "Following talks with Stale Solbakken, I am happy to confirm that he has agreed to become our new manager."

Connor will manage the team for the final game of the season against Wigan at the DW Stadium on Sunday.

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