Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointed as new Cardiff City manager

Johannesburg, Jan 3: Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will reportedly succeed Malky Mackay as the new manager of struggling Premier League side Cardiff City.

Solskjaer joins from Norwegian club Molde and succeeds Mackay, who was sacked on December 27 after his relationship with club owner Vincent Tan broke down.

According to Sport24, announcing Solskjae’s appointment, a club statement said that following discussions with Tan and club chairman Mehmet Dalman, Solskjaer met with his new squad at the Vale training ground and will soon be unveiled to the media at the club’s stadium.

Solskjaer, who has signed a ‘rolling contract’, said that he feels lucky to be back in the Premier League, adding that former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has warned him not to take the job as ‘absolute nonsense’.

The report mentioned that Cardiff was promoted to the Premier League after a 51-year absence last season, but Solskjaer arrives to find the south Wales club one point and one place above the relegation zone.

The Norwegian joined United’s coaching staff after retiring in 2007 and was appointed manager of Molde three years later, leading the club to glory in the Norwegian top flight in 2011 and 2012 and last year’s Norwegian Cup, the report added. (ANI)