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Mackay warns Solskjaer over 'culture shock'

ESPN staff
January 12, 2014
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been backed to shine at Cardiff by his predecessor Malky Mackay © Getty Images

Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has supported the club's decision to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as his successor.

Mackay was sacked in December following a string of well-documented disagreements with controversial owner Vincent Tan, before Solskjaer took the reins after moving from Norwegian club Molde.

The former Manchester United striker's tenure began with an FA Cup third round win at Newcastle, but Solskjaer suffered defeat in his first Premier League match as the Bluebirds were downed by West Ham on Saturday.

However, Mackay issued his backing to Solskjaer's plight as new boss but warned he could be in for a "culture shock" in South Wales.

"I think it's a great job for him, coming from Norwegian football into the Premier League and into the club that has got the structure it has," Mackay told BBC's Match of the Day. "There's a lot of good staff that work at that football club.

"He's got a decent training ground, 30,000 people [who] want to come to the games every week and a team that are absolutely competitive and going to have a chance of staying up.

"I think he's a decent appointment because he's done well. He's been in the Premier League and he's done well in Norway. It's going to be different and there's a culture shock to it as well."

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