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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointed manager of Cardiff City

Jan 2, 2014, 8:24 AM EDT

New boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer must splash the cash in January if the Bluebirds are to stay up. Getty Images

Cardiff City has appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager to replace Malky Mackay.

The club’s official website announced the move:

“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 and will soon be unveiled to the press at Cardiff City Stadium.”

Following his playing career at Clausenengen, Molde and Manchester United, Solskjaer spent three years as coach of United’s reserves (2008-11) before accepting the job at Molde in 2011. In three seasons with the club he’s won the league title twice as well as the 2013 Norwegian Cup.

MORE: Is Solskjaer the right choice for Cardiff City?

Solskjaer spent Thursday morning at Cardiff’s training ground after holding further talks with chairman Mehmet Dalman over replacing Mackay, who was sacked last Friday.

“I feel lucky to be back in the Premier League. I had to have a talk about it with the family obviously but it is a great opportunity,” said Solskjaer.

The former United striker also denied reports that Sir Alex Ferguson had warned him against managing under Cardiff owner Vincent Tan. “He has wished me the best and given me some good advice as he always does. I had a good conversation with him,” he said. “It is absolute nonsense (that he told me to turn down Cardiff).”

Solskjaer takes charge of a Bluebirds squad that sits 17th in the table, one point above the drop zone. His first match in charge will be this Saturday when Cardiff heads to Newcastle United for a third round FA Cup clash.

  1. btrocco - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    No chance he takes Gatt with him, right?

  2. handledan - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Not even the “baby-faced assassin” with his history of last minute heroics can save Cardiff from relegation.

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