Malky Mackay’s chapter at the helm of Cardiff has ended. The Scottish manager was sacked by the club’s owner Vincent Tan this week after a heavy defeat at the hands of Southampton.
According to the media, there are already several names on Vincent Tan’s list to succeed to Malky Mackay but the chosen one is supposedly former Manchester United’s forward Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The former Norwegian international is currently at the helm of Molde FK, where he managed to conquer two Norwegian Premier Leagues (Tippeligaen) and a Norwegian Football Cup in just three years.
Despite not having a long managerial career, Solskjaer is regarded as a very promising head coach. He started his coaching career in 2008 at Manchester United Reserves and in January 2011 he left England to embark on a new adventure at his home country and Molde FK. Solskjaer’s impressive results have caught the attention from several English clubs in the recent past and in 2012 he was in talks with Aston Villa to become the team’s new manager, but he then opted to stay at the Norwegian club.
Cardiff’s owner has allegedly established conversations with Solskjaer and it seems that they are very close to sealing an agreement. The media are claiming that a close source from the Malaysian billionaire assured that the club’s board is very confident on bringing in the Norwegian manager and that they are ready to spend whatever it takes to keep Cardiff in the Premier League next season.
Recent reports from the English and the Welsh media also tell us that, apart from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, there are other names on the table to occupy the vacant job position. The former English manager Sven Goran Eriksson and the erratic Argentinian genius Marcelo Bielsa are also on Vincent Tan’s list.
Despite all the fuss and all the names that are appearing in the media, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to be the chosen one to lead the Bluebirds, thus returning to the English Premier League, this time as a head coach. In a recent interview, Cardiff’s life president, Sam Hammam, almost confirmed this information by claiming that the Norwegian former super goal scorer fits the profile the Bluebirds need: “Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fits the profile. I have known him since he was a young kid, and I tried to buy him when I was owner of Wimbledon.(…) “He had a good grounding playing for Manchester United and has learned good lessons in Molde.”