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Former Sweden striker Henrik Larsson has stepped down as coach of Helsingborg after just two months in charge

Former Sweden striker Henrik Larsson has stepped down as coach of Helsingborg after just two months in charge

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Former Sweden striker Henrik Larsson has stepped down as coach of Helsingborg after just two months in charge

Former Sweden striker Henrik Larsson has stepped down as coach of Falkenberg to take charge of Helsingborg, the club where he made his name as a player.

The 43-year-old was presented as manager at a news conference yesterday, taking over a team that finished ninth in this season's Alsvenskan. Former manager Roar Hansen has been named as the club's strategic football advisor.

"I want to thank Falkenberg for this year, but when this came up it felt like a step in the right direction. It has all gone very quickly," Larsson told reporters.

Capped 106 times by Sweden, Larsson scored 51 goals in 61 games for Helsingborg before embarking on a glittering career in which he won win four Scottish league titles and the 2001 European Golden boot as the continent's top scorer with Celtic.

He left Scotland for Barcelona in 2004 and went on to win two La Liga crowns and the 2006 Champions League.

He returned to Helsingborg for the last four seasons of his playing career, broken only by a short loan period at Manchester United in 2007.

Irish Independent