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Solskjaer named new manager of Cardiff City


Solskjaer named new manager of Cardiff City


Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken over as manager of struggling Premier League side Cardiff City.

He replaces the sacked Malky Mackay on a 12-month rolling contract.

Solskjaer made his mark on international football in 1999, in the same year Cardiff were promoted to the former Division Three.

Then a striker for Manchester United, he came off the bench to score the winning last-minute goal in a Champions League showdown against Bayern Munich.

Fifteen years later, he takes on a task of equal enormity; making sure the Bluebirds avoid relegation, but also finish higher in the table than rivals Swansea City.

He hit the target perfectly when he told a news conference: “I would like us to finish above Swansea, that must be an aim… that will be important for everyone here.”

The Norwegian comes from leading Molde to two league titles and a cup win in his home country.

Cardiff’s third boss in as many years, Solskjaer will be looking to prove himself in his first managerial position in a British club.

However, his new position will focus on survival rather than titles, as Cardiff battle to preserve their top-flight status, achieved last season under Mackay after an absence of 51 years.

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