Cardiff City’s first season in the Premiership was meant to be one of excitement and anticipation, but off the field antics have left many supporters furious with the clubs owner, Vincent Tan.
The Malaysian businessman has made several decisions which have left the Cardiff faithful furious. From changing the clubs colours from blue to red, changing the emblem on the badge from a bluebird to a dragon. But the decision that left the supporters with much resentment towards the Cardiff owner was the decision to sack fan favourite Malky Mackay. The man who had lead Cardiff to a Carling Cup final and to promotion to the promised land.
Mackay’s numbers were marked for weeks. Receiving emails from the owner that told him to resign or be sacked. Mackay stood firm and refused to walk away, receiving plaudits from the footballing world. However, several days after Christmas, Malky Mackay was sacked as Cardiff City manager.
…Learning his trade from one of the greatest managers of all time…
Vincent Tan acted quickly to appoint a new manager and on New Year’s Day he got his number one target, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Norwegian has made quite a name for himself in his early days as a manger. Since the Manchester United legend retired from playing in 2007, Solskjaer took to coaching and he was quickly appointed manager of Manchester United’s Reserves. Learning his trade from one of the greatest managers of all time, Solskjaer was earning rave reviews. In 2010, Molde came calling and the former Molde star returned home to immediate success. In his debut season the Norwegian steered Molde to their first league title in 100 years. The next year they defended their title. In 2013, Molde struggled but Solskjaer guided them to cup success.
…anything the Cardiff chairman may have told his new manager could be taken with a pinch of salt…
Both Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers tried to lure the Manchester United legend away from the Norwegian champions but Solskjaer didn’t feel the time was right. Now he feels the time is right to try his hand at managing in the Premiership. However many people are wondering whether he has made a huge mistake in taking his first job in the top flight for such an untrustworthy manager.
Tan could have told Solskjaer everything that he wanted to hear. That he will give him time, will not interfere with team affairs. However it seems that anything the Cardiff chairman may have told his new manager could be taken with a pinch of salt.
…will start to have an affect on the teams performances…
It’s been reported that Sir Alex Ferguson gave Ole advice on deciding which job to take next. He told Solskjaer that he should choose a position for the chairman, not the club. It’s hard to believe that Ole listened to his former bosses advice.
For all the bad press that Vincent Tan has received, maybe with the man who he wanted in charge he might take a different approach. He has already promised Solskjaer funds, where as Mackay was promised none. For the sake of Cardiff City, Vincent Tan and Ole Gunnar are going to need to work together and get along for the club to stay in the Premiership. Any more off the field distractions will start to have an affect on the teams performances.
…The once baby faced assassin now has the strict, disciplined side to him that’s needed in a manger…
What Solskjaer has inherited at Cardiff City is a good squad of players. He will certainly add to that during the January transfer window. Ole is a very hard working coach and believes in playing an exciting and attacking brand of football. The once baby faced assassin now has the strict, disciplined side to him that’s needed in a manger. He may seem inexperienced to some but Sir Alex saw something in him to appoint him as the reserve team manager at Manchester United and if Sir Alex sees potential in somebody, then he must have something special.
Solskjaer can last as manager of Cardiff City but only if they remain in the Premiership. Anything less will see Tan not hesitate to dismiss the Norwegian.