Thursday 02 January 2014

Solskjaer appointed manager of Cardiff City

Former Manchester United striker agrees to take charge of Bluebirds

The former Manchester United legend faces the press after being named the new manager at the Welsh side

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been named the new manager of Cardiff City. The 40-year-old former Manchester United striker succeeds Malky Mackay at the Bluebirds after agreeing to join from Norwegian club Molde.

Solskjaer was in the stands at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday to watch as Cardiff went down to late goals in the 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat by Arsenal. His first assignment will be a third-round trip to Newcastle United in the FA Cup, while his first Barclays Premier League match in charge will be the home fixture against West Ham United on 11 January.

"We can forgive mistakes as long as we have a go and enjoy playing in the Premier League"
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

"I have had good chats with Mehmet [Dalman, the Cardiff chairman] and with the owner [Vincent Tan], we have had a good dialogue," Solksjaer said at a press conference announcing his appointment. "I go into this with my eyes open and I want the fans to be proud of us when we go on the pitch.

"I will only ask my players for 100%, which was hammered down to me with the gaffer [SIr Alex Ferguson] and Roy Keane at Manchester United. We can forgive mistakes as long as we have a go and enjoy playing in the Premier League.

"I felt I needed to be back here and I want to stay for the long, long term."

Solksjaer paid tribute to his two predecessors at Cardiff in helping the club reach the Barclays Premier League this season.

"The two managers before me stabilised the club," he said. "Dave Jones got them to a cup final, and then Malky brought them up and also got them to a cup final. They are going to be tough to follow, but I am glad to inherit the good squad that they moulded."

Solskjaer enjoyed a glittering playing career in England following his move to Manchester United in 1996. He won six Barclays Premier League titles during his time at Old Trafford and made 235 top-flight appearances, scoring 91 goals.

The Norway forward scored the added-time winner against Bayern Munich as United won the UEFA Champions League in 1999. He also won two FA Cups during his spell with Sir Alex Ferguson’s all-conquering side.

Following his retirement in 2007, Solskjaer moved into coaching and took charge of United’s reserve team before returning to coach Molde, the club where he started his career, in 2010. In his first full season at Molde, he led the club to their first Norwegian Premier Division title in 100 years.

They retained their league crown in 2012 and although Molde were unable to make it a hat-trick of title triumphs this year, Solskjaer did lead the side to a Norwegian Cup triumph.

Key Points

  • Cardiff appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as first-team manager
  • 40-year-old former Manchester United striker succeeds Malky Mackay at Bluebirds
  • Solskjaer led Molde to two Norwegian Premier Division titles and a Norwegian Cup in three years

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