Iceland find a replacement for Heimir Hallgrimsson

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 08 August 2018, 15:52

Iceland have ended their search for Heimir Hallgrimsson’s successor after naming Erik Hamren as their new head coach.

Hamren’s last position was at the helm of Sweden, which he held for seven years, while he previously managed the likes of Rosenborg and AaB, winning both the Swedish and Danish leagues.

During his time in charge of Sweden he oversaw his homeland at both the 2012 and 2016 European Championships, but failed to get out the group stages on both occasions.

Iceland kick-off their UEFA Nations League away to Switzerland a month today (8th September), followed by a clash with 2018 World Cup semi-finalists Belgium three days later.

Former boss Hallgrimsson, a part-time dentist, left his post in charge of Iceland in the aftermath of the country’s first ever World Cup campaign, during which his troops held Argentina to a draw, but were unable to make it through to the knockout stages of the tournament.

The 51-year-old previously worked as an assistant to Lars Lagerback in 2011, then the duo teamed up as joint managers, and led Iceland through to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, stunning Roy Hodgson’s England along the way.

Halgrimsson then took sole charge and guided Iceland through to their first ever World Cup, before stepping down last month.

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