Ove Christensen

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Ove Christensen
Ove Christensen.jpg
Ove Christensen in June 2011.
Personal information
Date of birth (1950-03-26) March 26, 1950 (age 64)
Place of birth Denmark
Teams managed
Years Team
1982 Brønderslev IF
1983–1984 Vrå IF
1985–1988 Fortuna Hjørring (Women)
1989–1993 Nørresundby Boldklub
1994–1995 Fortuna Hjørring (Women)
1995–1999 Viborg FF
1999–2000 Denmark U-17 & U-18
2000–2001 Aarhus Gymnastik Forening
2001–2003 Akademisk Boldklub
2003–2006 Viborg FF
2007–2009 Vejle Boldklub
2009–2011 Randers FC
2011 FC Hjørring
2011–2014 Viborg FF
2014– Vendsyssel FF

Ove Christensen (born March 26, 1950) is an Association football manager, who most recently was the head coach of Viborg FF in the Danish Superliga. He has managed a number of Danish Superliga clubs, and won the Danish women's championship with Fortuna Hjørring. He is currently the manager of Vendsyssel FF.

Coaching career[edit]

Christensen started his career coaching lower-league clubs, beginning with Brønderslev IF in 1982. He managed Vrå IF, before moving to the women's topflight Elitedivisionen team Fortuna Hjørring in 1985, staying there for three years.[1] He spent four years with men's team Nørresundby Boldklub, guiding the club to the second-tier Danish 1st Division in 1991,[2] with players such as later Danish champions Henrik Rasmussen and Jan Pedersen.[3] He joined Fortuna Hjørring for a second stint in 1994, guiding the club to the Double in 1995, by winning both the Elitedivisionen and the Danish Women's Cup.[1]

In 1995, Christensen was hired by Viborg FF in the men's Danish 1st Division, and guided the club to the top-flight Danish Superliga.[1] He managed the club to the eighth place finish of the Danish Superliga 1995-96 season. In the following season, the club ended up 11th, and was relegated to the 1st Division. He was allowed to retain his position at the club, and promptly guided the club to promotion for the Superliga the following season. In the Danish Superliga 1998-99 season, he once more secured another eighth place finish.

In July 1999, he was appointed by the Danish Football Association as manager of the Denmark national under-18 football team, as Viborg agreed to release him from his contract.[4] In practicality, he also served as Flemming Serritslev's assistant coach of the Denmark national under-21 football team, and led that team on a few occasions.[5] He left the position after a year, as he accepted the offer of coaching Superliga club AGF.[6]

He only spent six months in AGF, placing the team in ninth place after the first half of the Danish Superliga 2000-01 season. In the winter break, Christensen handed in his resignation, criticizing the AGF management for a lack of support and presence.[7] Less than two weeks later, he was appointed head coach of rival Superliga team AB,[8] looking to avert relegation. He guided the team to a 10th place, nine points free of the relegation zone. The team also reached the 2001 Danish Cup final, but lost 1–4 to Silkeborg IF.[9] In the following two seasons, Christensen led AB to fifth and ninth place finishes, respectively. He could not agree a contract extension with AB in the summer 2003, and left the club six months before time.[10]

He was appointed manager of his old club Viborg FF a few days later.[11] He managed Viborg to two seventh place finishes in his first two seasons with the team. As Viborg lost 2–3 to Silkeborg IF on March 12, 2006, Christensen set a record of 285 matches as coach in the Superliga, breaking the former record set by Peter Rudbæk.[12] As the positive surprise of the Danish Superliga 2005-06 season,[13] Viborg finished in fourth place, with the highest goal tally of the league. The club was off to a bad start of the Danish Superliga 2006-07. In July 2006, Christensen declared he wanted to leave the club after the season, and criticized the Viborg management for confused season preparations,[14] and was in turn fired by the club.[15]

He was hired by Superliga relegation battlers Vejle Boldklub in April 2007. On May 9, 2007 he reclaimed the record of most matches as coach in the Superliga from Viggo Jensen, when Vejle won 3–0 against Esbjerg fB in his 307th match.[16] He could not keep Vejle from relegation, but guided the club to a bounce-back for the Superliga in 2008. At the winter break of the Danish Superliga 2008-09 season, Vejle was placed one point into the relegation zone. With a series of transfer moves,[17] the Vejle squad found renewed optimism before the second half of the season.[18] As Vejle got three points in the first three games of the spring season, Vejle officials sacked Christensen on 17 March 2009.[19] The sacking was criticized as premature,[20] and Vejle got nine points in the remaining 13 games and was relegated.

On October 7, 2009 he was appointed the successor of Superliga club Randers FC's fired Head Coach John 'Faxe' Jensen on a contract for the remainder of the Danish Superliga 2009-10 season.[21] Randers had only two points after 11 games, and the goal of his appointment was to turn the team around and avoid relegation. Randers got six points in the last seven games before the winter break half-way through the season, leaving them 13 points deep in the relegation zone, with all experts forecasting nothing but relegation at the end of the upcoming spring season. In the winter break, Randers parted ways with seven players, bringing in four key signings in Anders Egholm, Yura Movsisyan, Søren Jensen, and Morten Karlsen.[22] With a historic comeback of 16 successive games without losing, Christensen guided Randers two points clear of relegation and kept the club in the top flight. On May 17, 2010, he signed a one-year extension of his contract.

He was sacked by Randers FC in April 2011 due to a series of bad results. On May 7, 2011 he was announced as the successor of Kim Poulsen at Danish 1st Division club FC Hjørring on a contract running for the rest of the 2010–11 season.[23] On June 29 he was returned for a third spell as manager of Viborg FF.[24]

In the 2012–13 season he managed to get Viborg FF promoted back to the Danish Superliga. He had to resign i January 2014 with Viborg on an acceptable 9th place due to a knee injury that prevented him from performing his duties.[25]

In the summer of 2014 he became new manager of Danish 1st Division side Vendsyssel FF.[26]

Honors[edit]

  • Danish Champion: Fortuna Hjørring, 1994 (Women)
  • Danish Cup Winner: Fortuna Hjørring, 1995 (Women)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c http://tipsbladet.dk/nyhed/generelle/profil-ove-christensen
  2. ^ http://tipsbladet.dk/nyhed/generelle/ove-christensen-en-stor-taktiker-med-en-stor-mund
  3. ^ http://tipsbladet.dk/artikel/dansk/fodboldens-skilsmisser-er-unoedigt-brutale?page=0%2C2
  4. ^ http://www.dbu.dk/news/newsShow.aspx?id=90
  5. ^ Ove Christensen – Alle hold (Alle kampe som træner)
  6. ^ http://www.dbu.dk/news/newsShow.aspx?id=31
  7. ^ "Ove Christensen : Ingen ledelse i AGF", Ritzaus Bureau, January 20, 2001.
  8. ^ "Ove Christensen ny træner i AB", Ritzaus Bureau, February 1, 2001.
  9. ^ http://www.haslund.info/danmark/pt/200001/fina.asp
  10. ^ "Ove Christensen stopper i AB med øjeblikkelig virkning", Ritzaus Bureau, July 2, 2003.
  11. ^ "Ove Christensen ny Viborg -træner", Ritzaus Bureau, July 5, 2003.
  12. ^ http://tipsbladet.dk/nyhed/generelle/ove-c-quotjeg-foeler-mig-ikke-gammelquot
  13. ^ http://tipsbladet.dk/nyhed/generelle/fra-graa-mus-til-frisk-pust
  14. ^ http://tipsbladet.dk/nyhed/generelle/ove-christensen-vil-vaek
  15. ^ http://tipsbladet.dk/nyhed/generelle/ove-christensen-fyret-i-viborg
  16. ^ http://www.dr.dk/Sporten/Fodbold/Superliga/2007/05/08/141748.htm
  17. ^ http://tipsbladet.dk/nyhed/danmark/se-alle-transfers-i-sas-ligaen?page=0%2C1
  18. ^ http://tipsbladet.dk/nyhed/sas-ligaen/priske-handlekraftig-ledelse-loefter-vejle
  19. ^ http://www.vejle-boldklub.dk/index.php?nyhedsarkivet&newsId=2269
  20. ^ http://tipsbladet.dk/artikel/dansk/fodboldens-skilsmisser-er-unoedigt-brutale
  21. ^ http://www.randersfc.dk/index.php?afd=1&side=4020
  22. ^ http://tipsbladet.dk/nyhed/sas-liga/se-prisen-saadan-koebte-og-solgte-sas-ligaen?page=0%2C9
  23. ^ http://www.tipsbladet.dk/nyhed/viasat-sport-divisionen/ove-christensen-ny-hjoerring-traener
  24. ^ http://www.bold.dk/nyt/Viborg-bekraefter-Ove-C
  25. ^ http://www.bold.dk/nyt/Viborg-bombe-Ove-Christensen-stopper
  26. ^ http://www.bold.dk/nyt/vendsyssel-hyrer-ove-christensen

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