Leicester story repeated at Häcken as Daniel Amartey’s Norwegian “Messiah” grabs sensational Swedish league title

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Per Mathias Hogmo was a few years back the manager of Daniel Amartey at Swedish club Djurgarden. Amartey joined FC Copenhagen before a new switch to Leicester happened in January 2016. He then took part in the Premier League win at King Power and has since had his up’s and down’s.

Per “Messiah” was brought home from Sweden and Djurgarden to take over the Norwegian national team in 2013, shortly after Daniel Amartey moved on as well to FC Copenhagen, as the player and coach drifted in different directions.

Amartey was given an opportunity at Leicester to replace N’Golo Kantè, but this position never really did see the best of the Ghana international. He was later briefly used by Shakespeare and Puel, but just as he had established himself in a right back position under Puel, injuries stirked in the very same game vs. West Ham as we also experienced the helicopter crash.

Amartey was sidelined for more than a year and finally found his way back patiently to again be part of first team affairs and must enjouy his situation highly being a trusted player by Brendan Rodgers.

Hogmo was an inspirational craft at Djurgarden as his first job in Sweden made him popular and succesful taking the Stockholm team out of the relegation zone and into the top positons. He never managed to convince anyone that he would be a good coach for Norway, but looking at his results in a mirror, he was close to reaching the Euro’s, but still Norway fell to their lowest point in FIFA ranking. He stepped down in 2016 and left top level coaching to take on other type of work in football.

Hogmo had previously been in charge of Rosenborg and Tromso as well as guiding the Norwegian women team to gold in the 2000 Olympics, so when he returned to a full management position at Fredrikstad in 2017 no one was really surprised, but the job never turned out well and he left the “sleeping giant” a year later.

Since 2018 he has not been involved in top football management, until he last season took charge of Häcken who had been in great trouble and a relegation candidate when Hogmo arrived. He steadily took picked the points needed to get out of trouble and this season marching on to win Allsvenskan, the top flight league of Swedish football.

Claudio Ranieri had a similar situation when he took over at Leicester, being in a sad situation with Greece, losing his job after being defeated by Feroe Islands and from there go on to win the Premier League title. Leicester had the previos season struggled heavily and made a “great escape” to march on to that massive win the season after.

Great to see the fairystories appearing again and again in different countries and also good for football that players and managers can have a great number of different paths to follow and get back on track when experts and pundits believe the opposite.

Daniel Amartey will most certainly be happy today as his “Messiah” was one who did set his career on track towards Premier League as we all remember Leicester also rumoured to be keen on him even before moving to FC Copenhagen.


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