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Nils Johan Semb
He may have been lauded as the first coach to have successfully guided Norway to the European Championship finals, but his start could hardly have been less auspicious.
After serving all but three years of his ten-year coaching apprenticeship with representative sides, he learned a cruel lesson in the tolerance (or absence of it) of fans in his first match in charge, Norway's opening qualifier against Latvia.
They lost 3-1, Norway's first defeat at home for seven years, and the Oslo crowd were heard to chant "Drillo! Drillo", the nickname for the previous coach, Egil Olsen.
Olsen had twice guided Norway to World Cup finals and people began to expect the worst.
Semb's answer was to win all the remaining qualifiers, apart from the 2-2 draw against Albania, topping the group and remaining unbeaten for a year in the process.
Having been assistant and head coach of the Under-21 national team for eight years, intermittently in charge of the Under-20 squad, and then Under-23 coach for a year before taking over from Olsen, Semb is ideally placed to judge his players.
They, in turn, will receive the sort of loyalty - if deserved - that comes from someone who remained at one club, Orn-Horten, throughout his entire playing career.
He has already announced that he will step down from his post after the 2002 World Cup.
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