Cardiff City name Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their new manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confident about leading Cardiff City to safety after taking over as manager.

2 January 2014 Last updated at 12:46

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    Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

    He scored one of the most famous goals in Manchester United's history and won six Premier League title medals as a player. But can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cut it as a Premier League manager after Cardiff City named the 40-year-old their new boss?

    Welcome to a special live text commentary of Cardiff's news conference to announce the former Norway international striker as successor to Malky Mackay, who was sacked on 27 December.

    Over the course of the next hour or so we'll bring you all the latest from Solskjaer's news conference.

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    Cardiff had just won promotion from the old Division Three when Solskjaer - then aged 26 - came off the bench to score the winning last-minute goal for Manchester United against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.

    Fast forward 15 years and Solskjaer takes over a Cardiff team sitting one place and one point above the Premier League's relegation zone.

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    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein at the Cardiff City Stadium: "The weather here, where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived around noon, is switching between heavy rain and glimmers of sunshine, which is a fairly apt reflection of the goings on at this club in recent months.

    "A narrative that has involved claims, counter-claims, ultimatums and sackings is set to enter its latest chapter when Solskjaer is presented as the new Bluebirds manager."

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrives at Cardiff
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    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Cardiff City's appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager carries an element of risk for both parties. Owner Vincent Tan is handing the role to a rookie in Premier League terms, despite Solskjaer's work behind the scenes at Old Trafford, while the conclusion of Malky Mackay's reign will inform Solskjaer that he is working for a somewhat unconventional paymaster.

    "Solskjaer, however, clearly feels he cannot turn this opportunity down and seems to have been given additional persuasion by the promise of money to spend in January.

    "The Norwegian's aim this season will simply be to keep Cardiff City in the Premier League. He will also need to make a fast start to ease some of the lingering anger and frustration among supporters at the departure of the popular, not to mention successful, Mackay."


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    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

    Cardiff City's new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now speaking to the media: "It's a fantastic challenge for me. Cardiff City 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."

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

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    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

    More from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: "I'm a very positive manager. I want to play a good style of football and yesterday we showed what a threat we can be. We've got some of the toughest trips in world football coming up this month. They're games we'll relish and look forward to."

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    Solskjaer has joined on a "rolling contract", but it was suggested earlier in the week that he had reservations about taking the job because of the difficult relationship Malky Mackay had with controversial owner Vincent Tan.

    There were also reports his former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson had told him to turn Cardiff down, but the 40-year-old insisted the Scot had done no such thing, and had been in touch to wish him the best in his new role.

    Solskjaer says: "He has wished me the best and given me some good advice as he always does. I had a good conversation with him. It it absolute nonsense [that he told me to turn down Cardiff]."


    David Parkes: Solskjaer can't lose. If he leads them to mid-table respectability he's a genius. If they get relegated he has the perfect excuse.

    Dave Austin: He's just getting back into the swing of English life, will be taking Moyes's job in six months time.

    Arthur Morgan: I hope Cardiff fans give Ole a chance and get behind him and do not take their frustrations about Tan out on Ole.

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    More from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on being appointed Cardiff City manager: "I've had my best times of my career in the Premier League. I can't wait to lead Cardiff City in front of this passionate support.

    "We want to push this club forward and up the Premier League. The quality of the staff and players is high here."

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    Manchester United fans pay tribute to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

    Solskjaer will have ringed 28 January in his 2014 diary. That is the date Cardiff are due to face Solskjaer's former club Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League.

    But Solskjaer is due back in Manchester before then. Cardiff are away to Manchester City on 18 January after hosting fellow strugglers West Ham seven days earlier.

    His first match in charge is at Newcastle on Saturday in the FA Cup third round.

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    Manchester United: #mufc legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the new Cardiff City manager. See you at Old Trafford on 28 January, Ole.

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    Solskjaer pays tribute to the work his two immediate predecessors - Dave Jones and Malky Mackay - have done at Cardiff: "The two managers before me stabilised the club. 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."

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    Solskjaer joined Manchester United from Molde for £1.5m in 1996, the former Norway international going on to make 366 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 126 goals.

    In addition to scoring the winner in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in 1999, he collected six league championship and two FA Cup medals with United.

    He announced his retirement from playing in August 2007 after battling knee injuries for four years. "Ending your playing career is a sad day for anyone, in the case of Ole, he has 11 fantastic years he can look back on," said former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson at the time. "Ole has achieved everything a player could ever wish to achieve."

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    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer record as manager at Molde

    Following a stint in charge of Manchester United's reserves, Solskjaer returned to Norway in 2011 to manage his former club, Molde, whom he led to two Norwegian league titles in his first two seasons with the club - including a first in 100 years. He secured a third piece of silverware in as many seasons, when his team won the 2013 Norwegian Cup final.

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    More from Solskjaer: "I have always wanted to come back to the Premier League. I am really looking forward to convincing the Cardiff fans that I am the right man to take them forward.

    "I will try to convince them with my hard work, loyalty and my brand of football. Yesterday was the first time I had seen Cardiff live. They gave me a lot of encouragement. I had my first chat with the players this morning."

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    Solskjaer: "I wish I was 25 and still playing, but time doesn't stand still. I'm just lucky that I am a manager in the Premier League. I've had good contact with the gaffer [Sir Alex Ferguson] and he has given me good advice."

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    Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville: Great to see OGS back in the Premier League. Intelligent, with a studious football brain and works his backside off.

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    Solskjaer on Cardiff owner Vincent Tan: "He wants the club to be successful. I had a good meeting with him. Communication and dialogue will be key.

    "Everything isn't exactly what it seems from the outside."

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    Solskjaer says he is bringing former Manchester United and Sheffield United midfielder Mark Dempsey, his assistant at Molde, with him to Cardiff.

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    Rian Hoskins: Wonder what style of football Solskjaer will play with a decent squad. Under Mackay, Cardiff were effective but not attractive.

    David Brownlie: Excited to see what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can bring to Cardiff and the Premier League as manager, but still feel for Mackay.

    Rhys Crabtree: Ole will be a success if Tan keeps out of his way and leaves Ole to address the footballing issues.

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    Sir Alex Ferguson and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the sixth player to manage in the Premier League after playing in the division under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, according to Opta.

    The others are Roy Keane, Bryan Robson, Paul Ince, Mark Hughes and Steve Bruce. Laurent Blanc and Darren Ferguson have not managed in the Premier League but did play under the Scot in the competition.

    Michael Appleton, who began his playing career at Old Trafford but did not feature for them in the league, went on to take charge of a West Brom game.

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    Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's appointment: "He has played and won at the highest level as a player and has been successful in Norway.

    "He is coming here to prove something to himself and to Cardiff. I had no doubts from day one, so I do feel like the cat that got the cream."

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    Solskjaer on Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "His cousin was working for me at Molde, but I have never met Michael. We just want to finish above Swansea in the league, of course."

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    More from Solskjaer: "We have the possibility and chances to do a Southampton and push our way into the top eight or nine clubs in the Premier League."


    Lee Moon: Good manager, but he's made the biggest mistake of his life.

    Chris Wiles: Good appointment but still does not make up for the mess Tan's caused. No reason for Malky Mackay to have gone in the first place, top manager, would easily have kept the Bluebirds up and built further in the coming seasons.

    Jeff Thomas: Well Cardiff, from a Swansea supporter - good luck and stay in the Premier League. Wales football need you.

    Gaz Royston: I'd have picked West Brom over Cardiff. More stable and better players, but good luck to him. He was a great player but doesn't always make you a great manager.

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    Guardian: "Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already proved that he is his own man. The feeling in Norway, in particular among those close to Solskjaer, was that the 40-year-old would politely decline Cardiff City's interest on the basis that Sir Alex Ferguson has always preached the importance of choosing an owner rather than a club.

    "Either Solskjaer does not hang on his former Manchester United manager's every word as some suspected, or he views Vincent Tan in a different light to the rest of the footballing world."

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    Solskjaer on his former club Manchester United: "They are a club in transition. They will always be in and around the top of the league. David [Moyes] is now settling in and the future of Manchester United is bright as it is for Cardiff.

    On Sir Alex Ferguson: "I have had the best teacher you can have. I have taken advice from him."

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    Daily Telegraph: "Blackpool's Thomas Ince is high on Cardiff's list of January targets and Solskjaer will try also to bring Mats Moller Daehli, the 18-year-old midfielder whom he has compared to Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj, with him from Molde.

    "Cardiff are also prepared to spend heavily on a striker, with Alfred Finnbogason of Heerenveen one likely option."


    Steven Gordon: After his reputation as a player, I'm keen to see how Solskjaer's substitutions pan out for late game changing goals.

    Wolfy: As a Man Utd fan, delighted to see Ole become a Premier League manager. Gain some experience and then take over from Moyes.

    James: OGS scored possibly the most important goal in the history of Manchester United. His reception on 28 Jan will be incredible.

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    Times: "It will be fascinating to see what kind of manager Solskjaer proves to be at Cardiff.

    "He was admired for an astute, perceptive, technical approach in his time on Manchester United's coaching staff and has enhanced that reputation further at Molde.

    "At Cardiff, though, it will not just be his tactical and technical nous that will be tested. Solskjaer's equanimous temperament is about to be tested to the full."

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    Former Norway forward Jan Aage Fjortoft: Wish Ole Gunnar Solskjaer all the best. Great day for him and Norwegian football. Great job at Molde. I expect Solskjaer to bring with him Mats Moller Daehli and goalkeeper Orjan Nyland.

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    Solskjaer is Manchester United's sixth-highest Premier League scorer with 91 goals. Of the nine to have scored over 50 for the Red Devils, only Ruud van Nistelrooy [128] has a better minutes per goal ratio than Solskjaer [153].

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    Here's BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson on what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should do in the January transfer window: "Cardiff need to spend on a striker.

    "The rest of the team is competitive in the Premier League but they need more of a presence up front. Andreas Cornelius was supposed to supply that after signing for a club-record £7.5m in the summer.

    Cornelius has had injuries but he has not really had a chance to prove himself yet and he might still need time to settle in. The Bluebirds need somebody to lead their attack now."

    Read more of Lawro's January transfer window thoughts on the BBC Sport website.


    James Philip Oxley: He had better get off to a good start after what happened with Malky.

    Howard Abrams: Perfect for him, if he doesn't turn it round he can blame the owner.

    Karl Deitch: Best of luck with that one. Baby-faced assassin won't be baby-faced for long!

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    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's news conference is over and he has left the building to begin his reign as Cardiff City manager. Will he be a success? We'll find out over the course of the next few weeks and months.

    Thanks for your company and don't forget you can keep up to date with Solskjaer's first match in charge - against Newcastle United in the FA Cup - on the BBC Sport website on Saturday.

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