VALLE (Dagsavisen): Vålerenga ended up in a chaotic situation when the election committee in the club wanted a new chairman, but who was not eligible for election at the annual meeting on Monday evening.
Incumbent chairman Tuva Ørbeck Sørheim had not resigned, but was not wanted by the selection committee. In contrast, the election committee had preferred Jørgen Jalland as the new chairman, but he has been a VIF member for too short a time to be elected before 10 April.
The annual meeting spent a long time on how to solve the problem. Many VIF players, including captain Stefan Strandberg, followed the lengthy annual meeting from the back bench.
There was a lot of additional time here as the selection committee’s work was strongly criticised.
One of them was Hallstein Bjercke:
– It seems terribly strange that you have not been able to find a candidate who is eligible for election among the members of the club. You have not managed to make a recommendation for this meeting. That was their job. It doesn’t work, said the Liberal politician who is also a VIF member.
The election committee’s leader, the Klan’s former spokesman Gjermund Northug, regretted the situation, but emphasized that they had spent a very long time on the process before appointing the former VIF player Jørgen Jalland as the new leader.
But he could not be elected before 10 April.
[ Derfor gikk Vålerenga 42 millioner i minus ]
Former chairman Thomas Baardseng spoke warmly about Tuva Ørbeck Sørheim having to be re-elected.
Jørgen Jalland was able, after a lot of talk, to say a few words,
– I was contacted by the election committee in October last year with questions about whether I would contribute to Vålerenga Football. I have played in Vålerenga for two periods. I had a professional football career for ten years, Jørgen Jalland told the annual meeting.
– I personally believe that I have both the sporting and financial background to do a job here.
42 million minus
Then Tuva Ørbeck Sørheim also had to take the floor and explain how the board had worked and how much she had learned in the two years she had been on the board.
– A football board must work along many axes, including politically. Vålerenga is on the right course, even though last year’s deficit was large. But it was a controlled deficit, she said to the annual meeting which approved the deficit of 42.8 million which the club’s AS (indirect investor Tor Olav Trøim) takes care of.
But when the annual meeting ended by voting on whether they had to have an extraordinary annual meeting in April to elect a new leader, she made it clear that she would not stand there.
Finally, there was a written vote on whether to hold an extraordinary annual meeting. The answer was no. And then Tuve Ørbeck Sørheim was the only candidate in the election.
And she was elected for two new years.
As usual, Trøim shone with his absence from the club for which he is in practice a financial lifesaver.
Vålerenga’s agreement with the limited company lasts until 2028, when the club hopes to stand on its own two feet.