London - Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been
appointed as the new manager of Cardiff City, the Premier League
strugglers announced on Thursday.
The 40-year-old joins from
Norwegian club Molde and succeeds Malky Mackay, who was sacked on
December 27 after his relationship with club owner Vincent Tan broke
"Cardiff City Football Club are delighted to announce that
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has joined the club as first team manager," read a
statement on the Cardiff website.
"Following discussions with Tan
Sri Vincent Tan and club chairman Mehmet Dalman, Ole, joining Cardiff
City from Molde FK, today (Thursday) met with his new squad at the Vale
training ground and will soon be unveiled to the press at Cardiff City
Solskjaer, who attended Cardiff's 2-0 defeat at Arsenal on Wednesday in the company of Tan, has signed a "rolling contract".
were promoted to the Premier League after a 51-year absence last
season, but Solskjaer arrives to find the south Wales club one point and
one place above the relegation zone.
"I feel lucky to be back in
the Premier League," said the former Norway international, who was
pictured holding a Cardiff shirt on the club website.
"I had to have a talk about it with the family, obviously, but it is a great opportunity."
sparked angry protests from some Cardiff fans by sacking Mackay, having
previously dismissed his head of recruitment, Iain Moody, in October.
Malaysian also created controversy in 2012 when he forced Cardiff to
change their traditional blue colours to red, but Solskjaer described
reports that former United manager Alex Ferguson had warned him not to
take the job as "absolute nonsense".
"He has wished me the best
and given me some good advice, as he always does," Solskjaer added. "I
had a good conversation with him."
Solskjaer spent 11 years at
United after signing from Molde in 1996, during which his boyish looks
and razor-sharp instincts in front of goal earned him the nickname 'The
He was renowned for coming off the bench to
score vital goals, notably netting a famous injury-time winner against
Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final in Barcelona.
joined United's coaching staff after retiring in 2007 and was appointed
manager of Molde three years later, leading the club to glory in the
Norwegian top flight in 2011 and 2012 and last year's Norwegian Cup.