Tom Køhlert

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Tom Køhlert
Personal information
Full name Tom Køhlert
Date of birth (1947-04-30) 30 April 1947 (age 74)
Place of birth Glostrup, Denmark [1]
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Gilleleje FK
Youth career
Glostrup IF32
Senior career*
1966–1971 Brøndby 62 (1)
Teams managed
1972–1979 Brøndby
1979 Brøndby (assistant)
1979–1985 Brøndby
1986–1990 Roskilde
1999 Brøndby (caretaker)
2002 Brøndby (caretaker)
2007–2008 Brøndby
2011–2016 Vallensbæk IF
2016–2018 FC Gribskov
2018– Gilleleje FK
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tom Køhlert (Danish pronunciation:  [ˈtsʰʌmˀ ˈkʰøːlˀʌt] ; born 30 April 1947) is a Danish football manager and former player who managed Brøndby IF from 1979 to 1985 and several times later as a caretaker. He led the club to its first ever Danish championship in 1985. He has also functioned as a caretaker for the club's first team on two occasions. He currently coaches lower-tier club Gilleleje FK.


Playing career

A Brøndby IF club legend, Køhlert began his career as a player for Akademisk Boldklub (AB) before shortly moving to Glostrup IF 32 and finally to the former Brøndbyvester IF. A year later, Brøndbyvester merged with Brøndbyøster IF and became Brøndby IF, where he made his debut in 1966. [2] He later stated, that he was not an ambitious player, refusing to train three times a week when new Brøndby coach John Sinding took over. [2]

In 1971, after making 62 appearances for Brøndby, Køhlert retired due to persistent knee injuries. [3]

Managerial career

Køhlert was appointed as a youth coach in Brøndby by chairman and former teammate, Per Bjerregaard, in 1972. After training different youth teams, he was promoted to first-team head coach in 1979 after having led the team to a fifth-place finish the season before, as former head coach Jørgen Hvidemose had been sacked. [2] He led the club to its first Danish championship in 1985, [4] Køhlert then left the position, as star players such as Michael Laudrup moved away and increasing media attention had changed his role as head coach. [2]

In 1986, Køhlert took the position as head coach for Roskilde in the second division, a team he coached for more than three years. [2] In 1990, he returned as a youth coach for Brøndby.

Køhlert would return to first-team management in 1999, taking over as a caretaker manager after former head coach Ebbe Skovdahl had left for Aberdeen and his replacement, Åge Hareide, would only start on 1 January 2000. After Hareide proved a mismatch as a Brøndby coach, Køhlert once again took over as caretaker in the spring of 2002, leading the club to its ninth championship. [2]

After leaving professional management, he coached the first team of lower-tier clubs Vallensbæk IF, [5] FC Gribskov and Gilleleje FK. [6]


Brøndby [2]

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