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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Appointment By Cardiff Could Be A Disaster For His Reputation

ole Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Appointment By Cardiff Could Be A Disaster For His Reputation

We’ve spent a great deal of time the past few weeks on this site discussing the eccentric behavior of Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan. It seems Tan, having railroaded the well-respected Malky Mackay, needed to buy some credibility. He seems to have temporarily done so with the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the once great late game sniper for Manchester United, who has won two league titles as manager in Norway.

Solskjaer has previously been courted by and rejected Premier League owners, most famously Aston Villa’s Randy Lerner during the summer of 2012. Unlike other young managers, Solskjaer has impressed in multiple facets of the game. He has developed excellent young players both as Manchester United’s reserve coach and at Molde. He is known for savvy in-game tactical changes, and has learned from the best on how to handle the media. So the question begs itself, why exactly would he choose Cardiff?

Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly advised Solskjaer to “pick and owner not a club.” Even though Solskjaer today dismissed that he received that advice from Ferguson, the fact remains why would Solskjaer pick Tan over other suitors? Perhaps the ability to spend in the transfer market was a determining factor as the Malaysian owner has splashed the cash since taking over the previously highly indebted club over two years ago.

One must assume that Tan has assured Solskjaer that he will have a final say on transfers, and other football-related dealings. Furthermore, Tan’s reputation, which has been destroyed in Britain and more importantly among Cardiff fans after the Mackay episode and changing of the clubs colors and crest, must be rehabilitated. Perhaps Tan sees Solskjaer as a propaganda tool of great importance – someone who can deflect the criticisms from Tan and be used to change his image from that of a madman to a sane and responsible football club owner.

Vincent Tan doesn’t deserve that credibility. It is a shame someone of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pedigree, reputation and standing in the game would be willing to give Tan cover he so certainly does not deserve. The Malaysian owner has proven to be a pariah in English football and my sincere hope was that no established manager would take the Bluebirds hot seat.

Certainly Cardiff City supporters deserve a manager of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s status. But the owner himself does not and that is the bottom line.

One must also worry about any damage in reputation that Tan will have on the rising managerial career of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian, who was one of the most popular players in the most successful period of Sir Alex Ferguson’s career at Manchester United, could see his star dim rapidly by association with Tan.

What exactly Tan said to Solskjaer to lead him to accept this post is of great mystery. Perhaps Tan will prove us all wrong and act as a responsible member of the football community henceforth, but based on the previous evidence this could be a disaster for one of the rising stars of the manager fraternity.

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A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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13 Responses to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Appointment By Cardiff Could Be A Disaster For His Reputation

  1. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Cardiff weren’t doing badly under Mackay for their first season, Ole could be a decent manager too.

    None of that matters though when you’re chairman’s a grade A f&%king mentalist though does it really!

  2. hanoverboxer says:

    Well if he washes out in England, he can always manage in MLS!

  3. ianor says:

    I donot think he will last one single season.one thing I surprised this guy him self refused a couple of years back at astonvilla.which is better club than Cardiff.

  4. Paul says:

    Is it a disaster or not?? This is why i dont like “could be” articles. It is criticism while leaving wiggle room to later applaud the decision without admitting that you were wrong.

  5. john marzan says:

    i still dont understand to this day why Tan wanted to fire mackay in the first place. Any news on this? maybe backay will speak out soon once he gets a new job.

    • Adam says:

      Mackay was fired for two reasons:
      1) Tan was mad about the way Cardiff were playing. It wasn’t pretty and results weren’t really making up for that.
      2) The first point I made was amplified because of the spending in Summer. It is estimated Cardiff spent around 40-50 million and Tan only wanted to spend 25 million. Signings like Medel and Caulker are good, but Mackay lost out on one or two guys who may have helped more than guys like Cornelius (no goals and only sub appearances) and Brayford (sent back on loan).

      • Pakapala says:

        Don’t say this too loud. Ain’t no media in England that wants to hear facts and logic. They seem to have all been hypnotized by Mackay’s charms somehow.
        What happened to Mackay had happened many times over to managers that had promoted clubs in the premier league and in a lot of those cases turn out to be for the better. But then again don’t let facts and logic get in the way of some good Vincent Tan bashing.

  6. john marzan says:

    “Furthermore, Tan’s reputation, which has been destroyed in Britain and more importantly among Cardiff fans after the Mackay episode and changing of the clubs colors and crest, must be rehabilitated. Perhaps Tan sees Solskjaer as a propaganda tool of great importance – someone who can deflect the criticisms from Tan and be used to change his image from that of a madman to a sane and responsible football club owner.”

    Tan is less concerned about his reputation in england than keeping the team (cardiff) in the premier league. actually, just keeping the team, period. If cardiff gets relegated, he’ll sell the team.

    I believe in the saying: Winning heals all wounds… eventually.

    Vinny is a divisive figure and he’s losing those people who have given him the benefit of the doubt. Avoiding relegation (ie winning) buys him time, will placate the fans and quiet the critics.

    as they say in russia, the best propaganda is winning.

  7. john marzan says:

    “One must also worry about any damage in reputation that Tan will have on the rising managerial career of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian, who was one of the most popular players in the most successful period of Sir Alex Ferguson’s career at Manchester United, could see his star dim rapidly by association with Tan.”

    taking this cardiff job is a win win for solskjaer. because if cardiff avoids relegation, he’ll be seen as a hero by some, and his competence as a manager will be unquestioned by everybody. If he doesnt get the job done, nobody’s gonna blame him, all the fingers will be pointed at Tan.

    same situation with Klinsman. being in the group of death is win win. that’s why the USA Soccer extended him for additional 4 yrs. it’s all about the expectations game.

  8. Jason says:

    I read something about Solskjaers having a rolling contract that he could walk from and that the negotiation and delay had to do with the Jan. budget. being worked out.

    I think Solskjaer see’s this as an oppritunity to take a team that probably isn’t truly a bottom 3 side and keep them in the Prem by making a couple moves and coming out looking all the better.

    I think this could be a disaster for Cardiff actually. Solskjaer will come in and work to keep the team up this year and if he fails he has the fallback of blaming the medling owner.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      It’s a rolling contract but the details weren’t specified. It’s probably a rolling contract until the end of this season or to 1/1/15.

    • Adam says:

      Transfer budget announced and is 25 million for January. This may not buy a marquee player, but 2-3 solid contributors could be found. Plus with Ole, the odds of luring bigger names is there. Ole would never have seen this type of money elsewhere. This was one of the problems when Aston Villa was an option…no transfer money. As for the contract, I would not read too much into that as I think this is set up to reflect whether they stay up or are relegated.

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