After much speculation, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been announced as the new manager of Cardiff City.
The Sun first reported the deal on Twitter:
Cardiff City confirm Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is the club's new manager. #cardiffcity— SunSport Now (@SunSportNow) January 2, 2014
The club officially announced the move on its official website:
Following discussions with Tan Sri Vincent Tan and Club Chairman Mehmet Dalman, Ole, joining Cardiff City from Molde FK, today met with his new squad at the Vale training ground and will soon be unveiled to the press at Cardiff City Stadium.
Solskjaer was in attendance at the club's recent 2-0 loss to Arsenal, leading many to predict that he would end up being the new head coach for the English Premier League squad:
The longtime Manchester United forward has been working as a manager since his retirement from the game in 2007. After working three seasons as head of the Manchester United Reserves, he took the manager job at Molde in Norway's top division.
Under Solskjaer's tutelage, Molde won its first league title in 2011 before defending it in 2012. In 2013, the squad won the Norwegian Football Cup.
The 40-year-old coach will now replace Malky Mackay, who was recently sacked by unpopular club owner Vincent Tan.
Mackay helped the club reach the Premier League for the first time in its history this season, but overspending and a lack of continued success contributed to his removal. Cardiff City currently sit in 17th place in the league table, with 18 points in 20 matches.
Solskjaer will hope to turn things around and at least avoid relegation by season's end. One person who thinks he can do that is fellow manager Arsene Wenger. According to Jack Pitt-Brooke of The Independent, the Arsenal boss recently praised Solskjaer:
He has already an experience as a manager in Norway. So he has learned his job. He was an intelligent player and an intelligent boy as well and that will help him to be successful. He will do well.
Interestingly, retired manager Sir Alex Ferguson actually warned his former player not to take the job at Cardiff, according to Charlie Wyett of The Sun. He argued that Solskjaer should pick the chairman to work under.
Despite this recommendation, he has taken the job and will manage the club over the second half of the season.
If Solskjaer can continue the level of success he has enjoyed throughout his career as a player and short time as a manager, this will become a perfect arrangement in the EPL.
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