Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Premier League career was defined by making an impact from the bench, and with the managerial merry-go-round in full swing, the Manchester United legend's positioning as favourite for the West Brom and the Cardiff jobs could see him grace English touchlines once again.
Molde chief executive Tarje Nordstrand Jacobsen—the club Solskjaer currently manages—has confirmed the Norwegian outfit have received enquiries for the 40-year-old's services, as reported by Alan Nixon of Mirror Football:
I can confirm that we have received formal requests, but will not say when they arrived or where they came from.
Ole has a name that will always make him attractive. And he has a standing in England that makes him often a candidate there.
Solskjaer has enjoyed an extremely successful run during his managerial infancy, leading Molde to a duo of Tippeligaen titles and victory in the Norwegian Cup in just three years in charge.
While Nixon's report outlines the former Red Devil as a front-runner for the West Brom job, Malky Mackay's perilous position at Cardiff has also seen Solskjaer's name thrown into the mix.
As noted by Riath Al-Samarrai and Dominic King of the Daily Mail Online, Mackay stands on the brink of exiting the Welsh capital after club owner Vincent Tan criticised his signings, tactics and application of budget via email:
It is revealed that Tan is considering bringing back Jones as Director of Football and has sent Mackay a long, ranting email, criticising his management abilities and demanding he resign or be sacked.
Mackay’s reign looks to be over, with former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, now managing Molde in Norway, tipped as his replacement.
Whether or not Solskjaer would entertain the idea of joining either side is debatable. He ruled himself out of the running to be Aston Villa manager in 2012, per BBC Sport, despite being regarded a firm favourite to take up residency in the Midlands.
West Brom are certainly an attractive prospect—a prospect with decent ambition, passionate fans and adequate resources—but Solskjaer would be agreeing to a future of uncertainty if he agrees to lead Cardiff during their first Premier League season.
This is largely due to the actions of Tan, who continues to baffle with his mistreatment of club personnel and supporters.
Not only did he turn the famous Bluebirds' shirt red, the Malaysian businessman was heavily scorned for ditching head of recruitment Iain Moody and replacing him with unknown Kazakh youngster Alisher Apsalyamov, per Malcolm Folley of the Daily Mail Online.
Mackay recently revealed he would like to sign three players in January. Tan responded to this public announcement by saying "not a single penny" will be available after the manager overspent by £15 million during the summer, per Jack De Menezes of The Independent.
Next came the notorious email, reported by , in which of BBC SportMackay is allegedly told to resign or be sacked. Understandably, such mistreatment has been met with anger across the footballing spectrum on Twitter:
The Cardiff owner's email demanding Malky Mackay resign or be sacked beggars belief....actually given his previous actions, no it doesn't.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 19, 2013
Was at Cardiff City earlier this season - great atmosphere & great fans united behind Malky Mackay. Don't deserve this.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) December 19, 2013
Brendan Rodgers says he finds it "astonishing" what Malky Mackay is going through at Cardiff.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) December 19, 2013
Whether Solskjaer believes he could work under Tan, who has already played his hand by saying there is no room for investment, remains to be seen.
The Baggies appear to be a better suit for "The Baby-Faced Assassin" on the surface, but Solskjaer should be wary of the instability that has seen three full-time managers pass through the Hawthorns' doors in two years.