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Solskjaer confirmed as Cardiff manager

ESPN staff
January 2, 2014
Solskjaer confirmed as Cardiff City boss

Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been confirmed as Malky Mackay's replacement as manager of Cardiff City on a rolling contract.

The 40-year-old has been in charge of Norwegian side Molde since November 2010, leading them to Premier League titles in 2011 and 2012, and winning the Norwegian Cup in 2013. He had previously been in charge of Manchester United's reserve side following his retirement from playing.

"It's a fantastic challenge for me," said Solskjaer. "Cardiff 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."

Famed for his Champions League-winning goal for Manchester United in 1999, Solskjaer won six Premier League titles and two FA Cups as a player at Old Trafford, scoring 126 goals in 366 appearances in all competitions.

He joins Cardiff with the Welsh side just a point and a place above the relegation zone on their debut campaign in the Premier League. Their last two games under caretaker manager David Kerslake has seen them lose vital goals in the closing stages of matches, squandering a 2-0 lead at home to Sunderland to draw 2-2, and also losing 2-0 to Arsenal on New Year's Day, a match watched from the stands by Solskjaer alongside embattled owner Vincent Tan.

"I'm a very positive manager," added Solskjaer. "I want to play a good style of football and yesterday we showed what a threat we can be."

Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman said of recruiting Solskjaer: "There was only one name in my head from the very beginning. We're delighted to welcome Ole to Cardiff."

Solskjaer also dismissed claims that Sir Alex Ferguson, his long-time manager at Manchester United, had advised him not to take the job. "I trusted him with my football career and I'm trusting him now. He gave me good advice."

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