Cardiff City have confirmed the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Malky Mackay’s successor. The Norwegian has agreed a rolling rolling contract at the Welsh outfit
It was already evident the 40-year-old was going to take over the reins of Cardiff City stadium after he was pictured with club owner Vincent Tan at the Emirate Stadium on New Year Day, when they lost 2-0 to leaders Arsenal.
The former Manchester United striker nicknamed the ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’ relishes the opportunity of returning to the Premier League as a manager, after over three years with Norwegian club Molde.
“I’ve always dreamt of being a manager in the Premier League and I’m delighted to get the opportunity.
“I have always wanted to come back to the Premier League. I am really looking forward to convincing the Cardiff fans that I am the right man to take them forward,” Solskjaer said at his press conference.
“I’m a very positive manager. I want to play a good style of football and yesterday we showed what a threat we can be.”
He met with his new squad at the club’s training ground on Thursday and now takes charge of Saturday’s trip to St James’ Park, where they play Newcastle in an FA Cup third-round tie.
Cardiff presently sits on the 17th position on the table a point clear of the drop zone.
He will be given a large fund by the club Malaysian businessman owner to spend on new signing in the current transfer window.
Solskjaer, who scored the winner in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in 1999, made 363 appearances for Manchester United. He also won six Premier League titles and two FA Cups during 11 years at Old Trafford from 1996. He ended his playing career in 2007.
He guided Molde to their first Norwegian League title in 100 years in 2011 after ending his reserve team coach job at United. he led the club to a title defence the following season.
He secured a third piece of silverware in as many seasons, when his team won the 2013 Norwegian Cup final after finishing sixth behind champions Stromgodset this season.
Former United and Sheffield midfielder Mark Dempsey, who worked as his assistant at Molde, will accompany him to Cardiff, said Solskjaer.
Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment: “He has played and won at the highest level as a player and has been successful in Norway.
“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.”