Solskjaer named Cardiff manager
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as the new Cardiff manager.
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The former Manchester United striker and Molde manager completed talks on Thursday morning, having been identified by Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman as his first choice from the outset.
He said: "I feel lucky to be back in the Premier League. 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 Sir 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 the 2-0 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.
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."
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer factfile
1973: February 26 - Born Kristiansund, Norway.
1995: Joins Molde from Clausenengen FK and scores 20 goals in 26 appearances in his first season. After representing Norway at under-21 level he wins his first senior cap against Jamaica on November 22 and scores in the 1-1 draw.
1996: Joins Manchester United in a £1.5million move on July 29 after scoring 11 goals in 16 league games for Molde. Scores on his United debut against Blackburn on August 25 at Old Trafford after coming on as a substitute for David May.
1996-97: Finishes his first season in England as United's top league scorer with 18 goals and helps them retain the Premiership title.
1997: Manager Alex Ferguson rewards him with a lucrative seven-year contract.
1997-98: Was in and out of the side, mainly due to injuries, and managed only six league goals in his second season.
1998: Scored against Monaco in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in March as United lost on the away goals rule. Sent off for a professional foul on Newcastle's Rob Lee in April. Played at the World Cup in France as Norway reached the last 16 where they lost to Italy.
1999: February 6: Scores four goals in a 12-minute substitute's appearance as United thrash Nottingham Forest 8-1 at the City Ground.
May 26 - Scores dramatic injury-time winner at the Nou Camp to beat Bayern Munich and win the Champions League, completing an historic treble with United having already secured the league title and the FA Cup.
2000: Appears at Euro 2000 but Norway fail to progress from group stage.
2001-02: Scores 30 goals in all competitions for club and country.
2002-03: United regain English title.
2003-04: Struggles with injuries during the season, scoring only one goal.
2005: December - Returns from 20 months out with a recurring knee injury.
2006: March 31 - Signs new United contract.
August - Scores first United goal in nearly three years against Charlton.
2006-07: Scores 11 goals as United win the Premier League for the first time in four years.
2007: February: Makes final international appearance versus Croatia.
August 28 - Retires from football.
2008: Took charge of United's reserves and was rewarded for his contribution to United as a player with a testimonial match at Old Trafford against Espanyol.
2010: November - Takes charge of Molde.
2011: October - Ends first season at the helm by steering Molde to the Norwegian title.
2012: Discusses possibility of succeeding Alex McLeish at Aston Villa but opts to remain with Molde, winning a second successive league title with the club in November.
2013: Molde finish the season sixth after a poor start.
2014: January 2 - Cardiff confirm Solskjaer as their new manager, succeeding Malky Mackay.