Roland Nilsson

Where is Roland Nilsson now?

Fomer Swedish defender Roland Nilsson hung up his boots after a 22-year playing career whilst operating in a player/ manager capacity at Coventry City.

Over a long playing career Nilsson won a number of trophies including the Sweden’s top league four times, the UEFA Cup and the English League Cup.

He was also an important member of the Sweden national side that achieved success in the early 1990’s with third place finishes in the 1992 UEFA European Championships and the 1994 FIFA World Cup finals.
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After a short spell as manager of Coventry City he returned to Sweden where he had another short spell at Helsingborg as youth team coach before leaving to manage struggling Gothenburg side GAIS in 2003.

A sixth place finish in the league in his first season preceded a third place finish in his second season and promotion back to Sweden’s top league.

He managed to keep GAIS from relegation for the next two seasons before leaving in 2007 to take the manager’s job at Malmo.

Nilsson’s first two seasons at the club were underwhelming with mid-table positions but in his third season he successfully guided the club to the Swedish league title.

Surprisingly he didn’t stay for the new season and joined Danish side FC Copenhagen in April 2011 where he stayed for just six months before getting sacked despite topping the league at the time.

Nilsson made a return to management in 2014 when he was appointed as head coach of the Swedish national team’s under 16’s squad and has since coached the under 17’s and the under 21’s sides.

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Roland Nilsson: Premier League Statistics

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