Former Sweden coach Erik Hamren was on Wednesday announced as Iceland's new manager, replacing Heimir Hallgrimsson, who stepped down after leading the team to its first World Cup.
The 61-year-old faces the task of guiding Iceland to Euro 2020, which could be their third major championship in a row, after reaching the Euro 2016 quarter-finals and the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
"I like the challenge and I believe we can do it," said Hamren at a press conference on Wednesday.
"I'm coming into a new country and new team. It's important that I won't change everything. We have to hold onto the things that have worked well in the past."
The Swede has signed a two-year contract with the possibility of an extension for another two years.
He will be assisted by Freyr Alexandersson, who has been coach of the Icelandic women's team for the last five years.
🇮🇸 We have also announced Erik's assistant. Freyr Alexandersson, the head coach of the women's national team.— Knattspyrnusambandið (@footballiceland) 8 August 2018
Erik on Freyr:
,,I'm very happy getting Freyr into the setup with me. In the short time since I met him he has impressed me hugely."#fyririsland pic.twitter.com/b5pKcEITge
Over 30 years of coaching experience
Hamren has been coaching since 1987, when he took charge of Swedish third division team Enkopings SK.
He has been at the helm of several teams in his home country, but his only league titles came with Danish side Aalborg in 2008 and with Norway's Rosenborg in 2009.
In November 2009, Hamren was appointed head coach of the Sweden national football team. Under his guidance, the Blue-Yellow qualified for Euro 2012 and Euro 2016.
He chose to step down after a disappointing performance at the European Championship in France.
Since January, the Swede had been technical director of South African club Mamelodi Sundowns, before resigning three days ago to take on the Iceland job.
Media Release:— Mamelodi Sundowns FC (@Masandawana) 6 August 2018
Mamelodi Sundowns have announced that their Head of Technical, Erik Hamren has been released from his contract to take over as the national coach of Iceland, which participated in the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Iceland are to face Switzerland on 8 September and Belgium on 11 September in the group stage of the 2018-19 Uefa Nations League, a competition that will seed teams for the Euro 2020 qualification process.