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Solbakken rejected Champions League club for Wolves

Stale Solbakken has revealed that he turned down a proposal from a club involved in the Champions League to take the reins at relegated Wolves.

The Norwegian was appointed as manager of the Wolverhampton club in May and has indicated that managing a top club in Europe would be less of a challenge than aiming for promotion back to the Premier League.

"I got a lot of offers and some were more interesting than others and then I had two or three offers," said Solbakken.

"One of which was from a club playing in the Champions League.

"There were one or two other top teams that could have qualified too. Then Wolves came and in a way I'd done the other things with getting clubs into the Champions League and playing there.

"In Denmark we won the league almost every year so those kind of jobs were more or less the same because you would be finishing first or second in the league and qualifying for Europe, or to try and surprise everyone in Europe - that was the aim anyway.

"And then I got the call from Wolverhampton to go for an interview and I said yes and from then on things went very quickly. So the idea that is was a very different challenge was why it appealed."

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Andrew Slevison
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