Thursday 17 January 2019

Solskjaer left over a 'difference in philosophy'

Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he left the Championship club because of a "difference in philosophy" with owner Vincent Tan.

The Norwegian's departure after only eight and a half months at Cardiff was announced in a club statement yesterday afternoon following talks in London between Solskjaer and the Bluebirds' hierarchy.

The two parties said they parted on amicable terms but Solskjaer made clear it was him who decided to step aside after Tuesday night's 1-0 home defeat to Middlesbrough had seen them fall to 17th place in the Championship.

"I want to thank Vincent for giving me the opportunity to manage Cardiff City FC," Solskjaer said in a statement.

"He has my full respect and I really wish him all the best in his pursuit of making this football club successful.

"However, our difference in philosophy on how to manage the club made me decide to step aside and allow the club to move forward.

"I leave the club with some very talented players and want to thank them for their efforts and hope to see them challenge for promotion this season."

Malaysian businessman Tan - who had fallen out spectacularly with previous manager Malky Mackay before the Scot's departure in December - revealed he had been advised in the summer following Cardiff's relegation from the Premier League to dispense with Solskjaer's services.

"Ole was hired by Cardiff City on our understanding and belief that he would help us fight relegation," Tan told the club website.

"Unfortunately that did not happen. After the club was relegated many people advised me to let him go, but I decided to keep Ole on for the Championship season.

"Regrettably our recent results do not justify Ole's continued role as manager at Cardiff.

"Ole has therefore decided to step down and I have accepted this.

"I wish Ole the very best in his future career in football. We now begin the process of finding his replacement and working towards giving all our stakeholders the results they deserve."

Wales defender Danny Gabbidon, who returned to the club as a player-coach earlier this month, and Scott Young will take charge of the team for the league trip to Derby tomorrow.

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