John Arne Riise has progressed from the grassroot football, to become a top flight women coach after joining Avaldsnes last year and helping the club to avoid relegation from the 1st tier.
His life in football coaching started with Flint, being in charge of their mens team in the 4th tier of the Norwegian league pyramid. John Arne Riise left after just one season seeing his team relegated to the 5th tier.
Despite that difficult start, his knowledge and fantastic experience from the game made it possible to get into the top flight of women soccer, becoming the head coach at Norwegian 1st tier club Avaldsnes.
John Arne Riise managed heroics in his first season, keeping the young team in the top flight. The start to this season has been flowering as his young base of players looks to have taken huge steps and allready achieved great results against top quality sides such as Brann and Rosenborg.
Brann even decided to sack their man in charge, Olli Harder, after being huge favorites in the game vs. Avaldsnes, experiencing a difficult start and no way close to goals and expectations. John Arne Riise has been linked with the job and also seen as a candidate to replace Lars Arne Nilsen as head coach of his Riise’s old club AAFK.
With all the talk regarding John Arne Riise and a possible switch to more higher level teams, Avaldsnes decided to approach their man in charge with a new extension to his current contract. Riise put pen to paper and commits himslef to another season with his current club.
We all know the status of Rise at Liverpool and his record tally of Norwegian caps, being the top man in that category, playing 110 times of his country, scoring 16 goals from mostly a full back position.
Interesting to follow his progress in management as life often has been a bit difficult regarding Norwegian media, who are often sceptical about his coaching talent and influence.