All change at Odense

BY foxsports • September 15, 2010

In the wake of Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Nordsjaelland, a result that left last season's runners-up nine points behind leaders FC Copenhagen with only eight Superliga games gone, OB parted company with coach Lars Olsen, assistant Viggo Jensen and sporting director Kim Brink. Uffe Pedersen has been installed as the caretaker coach in place of Olsen, who had been in charge for three years, with Henrik Clausen assisting him and managing director Thomas Christensen taking on the sporting director position. The 56-year-old Pedersen was previously coach of OB from 2002 to 2004. Those changes could make OB something of an unknown quantity for Getafe, with the Spanish club's defender Victor Sanchez admitting: "This could be good or it could be bad, because whenever a team changes coach they are always more focused, with more desire to show that they can play, and I'm sure they are going to come here and give it everything to get a very good result." Getafe, who reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup in 2008 and are unbeaten in their last 10 European games, have had a mixed start to their Primera Division campaign. They suffered a 3-1 defeat at Espanyol in their opening match but bounced back last weekend with a 4-1 defeat of promoted Levante. The 22-year-old Sanchez, who is on loan for the season from Barcelona, added: "It's always good to start the league well and after losing to Espanyol we simply had to win the other day, be it with four goals or two, and this has given us confidence for the Europa League game and the desire to start this new competition and to show what we can do. "It's something very nice. It's a competition that a Spanish team won last season (Atletico Madrid) and why can't another one win it this year?" The other two teams making up Group H are German side Stuttgart and Swiss outfit Young Boys.


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