Report: Crystal Palace defender Brede Hangeland wants coaching role in Norway

The former Fulham man is keen on a return to Viking Stavanger.

Last summer Crystal Palace were looking to bring in players with Premier League experience to bolster their squad. One man who fitted the bill was Norwegian central defender Brede Hangeland.

The defensive colossus had been a stalwart at Fulham over the years and had even been linked to more illustrious Premier League company during his six years at Craven Cottage.

But he has failed to make a telling impact at Selhurst Park. He has played 17 games for the club, scoring two goals. But prior to the 1-0 win over Swansea City on the final day of the season he had not featured since February.

Now his contract at Palace is coming to an end this summer and it is hard to see him getting an offer to remain in the Premier League.

Which may behind a report in the Norwegian press that is set to return to his homeland, potentially in a coaching capacity.

It is reported by Aften Posten that Hangeland has been in touch with Norwegian side Viking over a potential managerial or coaching role at the club.

Hangeland played for Viking for five years at the start of his career before making his way to Copenhagen. At the age of 33 it might seem early for him to hang up his boots, so it is not known whether he wants to coach and play at the same time.

The report claims he could work in a sporting director or development coaching role, as the position of current head coach Kjell Jonevret appears to be safe.

However it does look like Hangeland will be heading back to Scandinavia after seven years in English football.

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