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Who is IFK Norrköping manager Jens Gustafsson?
Jens Otto Andreas Gustafsson was born in Helsingborg, Sweden on the 15th of October, 1978. Jens Gustafsson also played as a defender for Swedish clubs such as IK Brage, Falkenbergs FF and Helsingborgs IF.
Gustafsson started his playing career at Helsingborgs IF before moving to IK Brage in 2001 on a free transfer. He made 27 appearances in his lone season at the club before moving on to Högaborgs BK a year later. In 2003, Gustafsson joined Falkenbergs FF where he made 193 competitive appearances for the club and scored 4 goals in his 6 year stint at the club.
After retiring in 2009, Gustafsson went into management 2 years later at Allsvenskan club Halmstads BK in 2011. In Gustafsson’s first season at Halmstads BK, the club finished in last place of the Allsvenskan and were relegated to the Superettan.
Despite the poor season, the club decided to stick with Jens Gustafsson for the following season. This turned out to be a good decision with Gustafsson leading the side to third place in the 2012 Superettan and were promoted back to the Allsvenskan through the playoffs.
In 2013, Gustafsson and Halmstads BK finished 14th in the table, however, remained in the Allsvenskan as they won the relegation playoff to secure their spot in the 2014 Allsvenskan. The following season saw a huge improvement with Halmstads BK finishing 10th in the table on 39 points.
In 2015, the Swedish National under 21’s team appointed Jens Gustafsson as their head coach, but Gustafsson moved on a year later to AIK to become their assistant manager. IFK Norrköping replaced Janne Andersson with Jens Gustafsson in 2016 ahead of their Allsvenskan campaign.
That season, IFK Norrköping finished third in the table and qualified for the first round of Europe League qualification. Gustafsson also led the club to the final of that year’s Svenska Cupen losing to Östersunds FK 4-1. In the following seasons, IFK Norrköping finished 6th, 2nd and 5th between the years of 2017 and 2019 with improvements being made each season.