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Wednesday, June 9, 1999 Published at 13:31 GMT 14:31 UK

Sport: Football

Olsen confirmed as Wimbledon boss

Egil Olsen's move to Wimbledon has been confirmed

Former Norway coach Egil Olsen has formally agreed to take over as manager of English Premier League side Wimbledon.

His present club, Valerenga, confirmed they have come to an agreement with the Dons to free him from his contract as coach on July 9.

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A combined statement from Valerenga, Wimbledon and Olsen said: "All sides are happy with the agreement and that Egil Olsen will be the first Norwegian manager in the English Premier League."

Olsen, who led Norway to the World Cup finals in 1994 and 1998 with his familiar route one style of football, takes over from the popular Joe Kinnear.

Kinnear has not been actively involved with the side since suffering a heart attack in March.

He is replaced after a successful spell in charge at the Dons and is currently looking to further his managerial ambitions with a new club.

Time to adapt

Olsen will take over on July 9 and, according to Norway's largest newspaper Verdens Gang, he will become one of the lowest paid Premiership managers, earning around 300,000 a year.

Olsen has described Wimbledon as "a team close to my heart" - but he warned that players would have to adapt to his style.

Wimbledon's owners and Valerenga settled the deal after more than a week of talks in Oslo.

The switch was helped by the fact that two Norwegian tycoons, Kjell Inge Roekke and Bjoern Rune Gjelsten, are in control of the south London club.

They took over Wimbledon two years ago with the goal of turning the Dons into one of Europe's biggest teams.

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