Danish defender Jens
Berthel Askou joined Norwich City on 30th July 2009 signing a
two year contract following a successful trial on Norwich's pre-season
tour of Scotland.
Askou began his career at Ikast FS before moving to Holstebro
BK in 2002. His performances led to a contract with 1st Division
Silkeborg IF in the summer of 2003, following a successful trial.
He helped the club regain promotion to the Danish Superliga during
his first season, and became a regular for four years. In 2007,
Askou failed to agree a new deal with Silkeborg, which led to
a move to Turkish football with Kasimpasa. Despite Kasimpasa winning
promotion to the Turkish top flight, Askou's contract was not
renewed and as a free agent, joined Norwich on trial
Jens made his debut
for Norwich in the 4-0 away win over Yeovil on 11 August 2009
in the Carling Cup. He finished the season with 27 appearances
and 2 goals
Ward, Leon Barnett, Michael
Nelson and Zak Whitbread ahead
of him, Askou was alllowed to join Millwall on a month's loan
on 19th January 2011 although he wasl not permitted to play against
Norwich when the Lions travel to Carrow Road. Askou was sent off
on his debut for Millwall, in a 4-2 defeat to Leicester, and was
suspended for three games and thus did not play again for the
Lions returning to Norwich on 24th February 2011. He made 5 appearances
for Norwich during 2010/11
Jens was released by
Norwich on 1st June 2011 along with Matty
Gill and Sam Habergham
On 26th August 2011,
Jens signed for Vejle Boldklub Kolding in his native Denmark.
On 2nd August 2013 Askou signed a 2 year contract with Esbjerg.
Having hoped to bring Vejle back to the best Danish tier, Askou
saw this dream difficult following Vejle's economic struggle,
and following his transfer to Esbjerg, he expressed joy over playing
in the Danish Superliga once again. He had played 55 times for
Veijle scoring six goals. He made just 21 appearances for Esbjerg, 19 of which were in 2013/14 including six games in the Europa League. He moved to third tier Skive IK in 2015 becoming player/assistant manager before taking up a similar role with Thisted FC the following year. In June 2017, he became Erik Rasmussen’s assistant at Danish side Vendsyssel. He took charge of Vendsyssel on May 8 when Rasmussen resigned. Askou secured their place in the 1st Division (second tier) play-offs which they then won against Lyngby on May 27. They are now in the inaugural season in the Danish Superliga.