Sport notes | DBU set for overhaul

DBU set for overhaul 

With Morten Olsen’s tenure as national football coach coming to an end soon, it has been announced that the administration of the DBU, the country’s football association, is also set to undergo some big changes. Both DBU chairman Allan Hansen and secretary general Jim Stjerne Hansen will leave their posts in March. Their replacements will be charged with finding a new coach and addressing falling attendance in the game.

Blocked from the top

Kevin Magnussen had a disappointing trip to Moscow last weekend where he lost the lead in the Formula 3.5 standings to Belgian rival Stoffel Vandoorne, finishing the two Moscow races in eleventh, just outside the points, and second. Things started badly for the Dane as he was handed a penalty for ‘illegal blocking’ in qualifying for the first race, which meant he was dropped down the grid from third to 17th.

Vikings raid Canada

Basketball team Aalborg Vikings has hired James Vear as its head coach to replace Mads Olesen who has taken an administrative position within the club. The Brit joins the Basketligaen club from Dalhousie University in Canada where he held the role of assistant coach. Vear was previously head coach of English Basketball League club Medway Park Crusaders. The Vikings escaped relegation last season thanks to a playoff win over BC Aarhus.

Parken prices to blame

Jim Stjerne Nielsen, the outgoing general secretary of the DBU, the country’s football association, has revealed that the amount Parken stadium charges to host the national team could result in a move elsewhere. The DBU currently pays 130-150 kroner per attendee, which results in high ticket prices and low attendances.  “It is better to have 10,000 at a game in Herning than at Parken,” Nielsen told Ekstra Bladet tabloid. 

Blow for born-again Brøndby

Talented young midfielder Jens Stryger Larsen has decided to leave a recently revitalised Brøndby, despite being offered a lucrative three-year contract that would have doubled his current wages. The fans’ favourite has spent his entire career at the club, playing 106 games and scoring seven goals. Defensive talent Riza Durmis, 18, has, however, decided to stay at the club following the hiring of under-19s supremo Thomas Frank as coach.