The managerial saga at Cardiff City is finally over as the club confirm former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the club’s new manager
Solskjaer was pictured sitting with Vincent Tan at the Emirates Stadium yesterday as has been officially been confirmed today.
On Cardiff’s official website the club confirmed the appointment;
“Cardiff City Football Club are delighted to announce that Ole Gunnar Solskjær has joined the club as first team manager.
Following discussions with Tan Sri Vincent Tan and Club Chairman Mehmet Dalman, Ole, joining Cardiff City from Molde FK, today met with his new squad at the Vale training ground.”
Ole was quoted on Cardiff’s official Twitter account saying;
“It’s a fantastic challenge for me. Cardiff Cit FC are ready to take the next step up, I hope I can help them”
“I’ve always dreamt of being a manager in the Premier League and I’m delighted to get the opportunity.”
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge ahead. I’m going to bring my energy and enthusiasm to the club.”
“I’m a very positive manager. I want to play a good style of football and yesterday we showed what a threat we can be.”
“We’ve got some of the toughest trips in world football coming up this month. They’re games we’ll relish and look forward to.”
“I’ve had my best times of my career in the Premier League. I can’t wait to lead Cardiff City in front of this passionate support.”
“We want to push this club forward and up the Premier League. The quality of the staff and players is high here.”
Malky Mackay was dismissed from his position last week after weeks of speculation surrounding his future. Mackay’s assistant David Kerslake was asked to take charge of the team on a caretaker basis and led the team to 1-1 draw with Sunderland, but fell to defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates.
Solskjaer was installed as the bookies favourite immediately following the sacking of Malky Mackay and it has come true. It is thought that chariman Vicent Tan is willing to back the new manager with significant funds in the January transfer window to drag the team away from the relegation zone.
The former Manchester United striker started off his coaching career at the Premier League champions, first working with the first team strikers shortly after retiring. He then took charge of the reserves side and managed them for two years.
Solskjaer was actually offered the chance to manage the Norwegian national side in 2010, but declined the approach.
He then moved back to his homeland to take charge of Norwegian top-flight side Molde FK and has enjoyed much success with the team where he started his football career. Molde won the Norwegian Premier League in 2011 and 2012, but this season they only managed to finish in sixth place.
Solskjaer also rejected the chance to speak to Aston Villa following the sacking of Alex McLeish in May 2012.