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DEILA WON’T QUIT TROUBLED SIDE

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FORMER Celtic boss Ronny Deila insists he will not quit Valarenga, despite the team heading for a relegation battle.

At the start of the season, the popular Norwegian, who spent two years at Parkhead, boldly predicted the Oslo club would be challenging for the title.

However, a 2-1 loss to Lillestrom saw them slump into fifth bottom place – a massive 17 points behind leaders Rosenborg – as they go into a break.

Deila said: “I cannot say I am happy. The league table does not lie, that is clear.

“I’m hugely disappointed with the way it has gone so far this season, but the challenge now is to save the club.

“I still have faith in the players and the project. They are my players and this is my team, so I know where the responsibilitty lies.

“We should be doing better – there’s no doubt about that, but we need to take a step back and look at where we are going.”

Deila won two titles with the Hoops before the arrival of Brendan Rodgers last season.

Now, though, faces a battle to save his job at Valarenga.

He added: “I have been throught tough situations as a coach, but obviously no-one wants to be in this position.

“The fans are entitled to be disappointed and it is down to myself and the players to try to put things right and we will.”

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