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Has Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Made a Huge Mistake Joining Vincent Tan at Cardiff?

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Stan CollymoreFeatured ColumnistJanuary 2, 2014

I wish Ole Gunnar Solskjaer well as the new Cardiff manager. I've played against him and met him many times. He's a lovely bloke and very knowledgable.

He's also a big Liverpool fan, despite the fact he played for United, which is an interesting twist.

Solsjkaer is clearly a talented coach. Is he ready for the Premier League? My answer is probably yes. He's proved himself with Manchester United reserves and as manager of Molde in Norway.

That said, seeing him at the Emirates yesterday for Cardiff's match against Arsenal, walking in with team owner Vincent Tan, sent shivers down my spine.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Molde manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (2L) and Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan (L) look on from the stands prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Cardiff City at Emirates Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Lon
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Ole might have been promised a big contract and £40-£50 million to spend in the transfer window, but Tan is the absolute last man you'd want to work for. I don't trust him and I don't trust the contracts he issues.

Cardiff have great fans and a great stadium, but with Tan in charge it's far from the ideal first job to have in England. It doesn't offer stability and there's a real danger it could negatively affect Solskjaer's confidence.

Tan may have said all the right things, but I worry Ole has been blinded by a big contract. If things go wrong, it could all be over in four or five months, let alone four or five years.

There are no guarantees whatsoever for him. Look at the way Tan treated Malky Mackay—it's a warning sign to future managers that you won't be appreciated and things could change in an instant.

MOLDE, NORWAY - MAY 6:  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, manager of Molde FK looks on during the Norwegian Tippeligaen match between Molde FK and Aalesunds FK held on May 6, 2012 at the Aker Stadion in Molde, Norway. (Photo by Daniel Sannum Lauten/EuroFootball/Getty
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A better option for Solksjaer might have been waiting for another Welsh job to come up—the manager's position at Swansea, for instance. Current manager Michael Laudrup may move on in the next couple of years and its a club that has proved they put faith in their coach.

As for Ole the man, don't be fooled by his cheeky smile and easygoing public persona. You don't manage Manchester United reserves unless you have the ability to communicate a point.

He's clearly a fine coach with a very bright future, but going to work for Tan at Cardiff may prove to be a huge mistake.

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