It’s official. As we announced to you exclusively, the Norwegian Ronny Deila takes over from Luka Elsner. Standard had been without a coach since the departure of Luka Elsner, who left Sclessin in April the day after the club was taken over by the 777 Partners group.
The Rouches returned to the stadium on Monday for two days of physical tests, which will be followed by the resumption of training on Wednesday.
Ronny Deila, 46, had been the coach of New York City FC for two years, a club of the City Football Group from which Irishman Fergal Harkin, the new sporting director of the Rouches, also came. Pierre Locht was confirmed as CEO last week.
“At this point in my career, I was really seduced by the proposal from Standard de Liège: coming back to Europe in a historic and warm club in search of renewal was a new adventure that I wanted to achieve”, declares Ronny Deila in a press release published on the Standard website.
“The plan to make the supporters proud again and to gradually make Standard de Liège one of the biggest clubs in Belgium, which will once again play regularly in European competitions, immediately filled me with enthusiasm and coming here has become I want to instill in our team a new dynamic, consistency and a culture of effort and victory that will allow us to return to success and I look forward to starting this great challenge today. today”.
Before coaching NYFC, with which he was MLS champion in 2021, Deila sat on the bench of Brodd (2005), Stromsgodset (2008-2014) and Valerenga (2017-2019) in Norway, and Celtic Glasgow, which he managed from 2014 to 2016. With the Bhoys, the Norwegian was Scottish champion in 2015 and 2016 and won the Scottish League Cup in 2015. He was also Norwegian champion with Stromsgodset in 2013, club with which he also won the Norwegian Cup in 2010.
“We are happy and proud to welcome Ronny Deila to Standard de Liège. Ronny is an internationally renowned coach who has done quality work and won numerous successes and trophies in different clubs and championships. His experience, his passion for football and his enthusiasm for our club and our project will be real assets to help us achieve our goals. We look forward to starting this collaboration, which we hope will be as fruitful as possible.” commented Pierre Locht, the club’s CEO.