SARPSBORG (VG) After it became clear that Lars Bohinen (52) would not continue as Sarpsborg coach next year, the blues in the old Østfold racked up two solid victories and are on their way to a new contract.
– The agreement with Lars Buhenen expires on December 31, 2021, and the parties decide not to extend the cooperation, stated in the press release sent on October 18.
“We won’t be working together anymore and that might be the right thing to do,” Lars Buhenen told VG after the 2-1 win over Vålerenga on Thursday night.
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– Sarpsborg did not make you any offer and did not indicate that you wanted to continue?
– That’s how you could say it, yes.
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Lars Buhenen suggests he “maybe a little more relaxed” after it turns out he won’t last.
– We did not meet each other in all standards, he says.
– Can you elaborate?
No, there is no point in delving into it. We’ve decided to separate the teams, and we’re fine with it. We do not have to delve into the basis of the decision.
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Thomas Bernzen, sporting director at Sarpsborg, put it this way:
– I think we leave it at that with the press release we sent out. There is no drama in the decision. The two parties agreed to a short contract. Of course, it could have been extended, but then and there we agreed that we should not continue together.
– Buhenen talks about that there were no hits “by all standards”?
– As I said, the press release makes clear what we want to announce. There is no point in embroidering. If you see what the team looks like now, we’ve done some pretty well too. The win meant a lot to me and Lars, who played for Vålerenga. This was fun for Lars.
– Are you happy with Bauhinen?
– We are happy with the work he is doing. He works hard. After a bad 2019 season with some bad decisions, including by us at management level, we didn’t get involved in anything last year, and this year it also looks like we are well on our way to our 10th year in a row at Eliteserien. We build stone upon stone in this club.
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Buhinen wants a good finish as coach of Sarpsborg.
I want to have a good relationship with the players and for them to have the opportunity to participate in the Elite Series next year as well.
– What do you think of your future?
– I want to continue working as a coach. This is the driving force.
– I have not thought of such thoughts, but if I had the opportunity, I would take it. I hope there is room for my experience in Norwegian football, says Lars Bohenen.
Note: Bohinen took over Sarpsborg after Swede Mikael Stahre after four rounds in the league this year. Stahre took charge of IFK Gothenburg, while Bohinen was available on the training market after taking the job at Aalesund during Sunnmøringen’s record-breaking 2020 season.
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