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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointed Cardiff manager

Updated: Thursday, 02 Jan 2014 14:44 | Comments

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 'I feel lucky to be back in the Premier League' Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (c) with Cardiff chairman Vincent Tan (l) at Arsenal on New year's Day
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 'I feel lucky to be back in the Premier League' Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (c) with Cardiff chairman Vincent Tan (l) at Arsenal on New year's Day

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as Cardiff manager, just six days after the sacking of Malky Mackay.

The former Manchester United striker and Molde manager completed talks this morning, having been identified by Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman as his first choice from the outset.

"I feel lucky to be back in the Premier League,” said Solskjaer. “I had to have a talk about it with the family obviously but it is a great opportunity."

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

There were also reports his former United boss 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.

"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)."

Solskjaer insisted he had no problems working with Tan, having attended Wednesday's defeat at Arsenal alongside the Malaysian and Dalman.

He said: "I have had good chats with Mehmet and with the owner, we have had a good dialogue.

"I go into this with my eyes open and I want the fans to be proud of us when we go on the pitch.

"I will only ask my players for 100 per cent which was hammered down to me with the gaffer and Roy Keane at Manchester United.

"We can forgive mistakes as long as we have a go and enjoy playing in the Premier League.

"I felt I needed to be back here and I want to stay for the long, long term."

Solskjaer also paid tribute to the work his two immediate predecessors had done at the club; Dave Jones and Mackay.

He said: "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."

Solksjaer leaves Molde having delivered two league titles and a cup to the club.

And Dalman has no doubt the Norwegian can make the step up to managing in the Premier League.

"He has played and won at the highest level as a player and has been successful in Norway," he said.

"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."

The 40-year-old is said to have turned down the chance to become Aston Villa manager prior to the appointment of Paul Lambert at Villa Park, while he had also been linked with the current vacancy at West Brom.

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