Chelsea icon Tore Andre Flo now managing in Norwegian second division

Former Chelsea icon Tore André Flo is now managing in the Norwegian second division after being installed as manager of Sogndal.

Flo, 49, rattled in 50 goals for the Stamford Bridge club during a three-and-a-half year stint in west London, claiming the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup Winners Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. Later turning out for fellow Premier League outfit Sunderland, the Norwegian international failed to replicate his mesmerising goalscoring form under Peter Reid's stewardship as the Black Cats suffered relegation back to the First Division.

Ending his career with boyhood club Sogndal, via brief spells at Leeds United and MK Dons, Flo bagged a brace in his final ever appearance, a 2-1 win over league champions Molde, who were coached by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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Turning his attention to coaching upon retirement, Flo returned to Chelsea in the academy set-up before his role adapted into mentoring players during their time on loan at other clubs.

Leaving Stamford Bridge for the second time at the end of 2021, the 6ft 4 forward was appointed manager of Sogndal prior to the start of the 2022 season, succeeding ex-Leeds and Aston Villa midfielder Eirik Bakke in the hot seat.

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Flo's first season at Fosshaugane Campus has been indifferent. The Norwegian outfit currently reside in ninth place in the 1. divisjon but could still finish in the play offs with six games remaining, as Sogndal are just six points behind sixth-place Start.

Sogndal last competed in Norway's premier division, Eliteserien, during the 2017 campaign and have finished in the 1. divisjon play offs in each of the last four seasons.


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