Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the new Cardiff City manager

Cardiff have wasted little time in appointing a replacement to Malky Mackay, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being unveiled as the new Bluebirds boss on Thursday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the new Cardiff City manager

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January 2nd, 2014

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Solskjaer sat alongside Tan at the Emirates Stadium on New Year’s Day as City narrowly lost 2-0 to Arsenal thanks to two late goals and will now take charge of the team for Saturday’s FA Cup tie at St James’ Park.

The Norwegian has previously rejected the advances of other English clubs including Blackburn Rovers, although he reveals that Sir Alex Ferguson was consulted ahead of the move to Wales which he has described as a ‘fantastic challenge’.

“He (Ferguson) has wished me the best and given me some good advice as he always does. I had a good conversation with him,” he said.

“It’s a fantastic challenge for me. Cardiff City are ready to take the next step up, I hope I can help them. I’ve always dreamt of being a manager in the Premier League and I’m delighted to get the opportunity. I’m really looking forward to the challenge ahead. I’m going to bring my energy and enthusiasm to the club. I’m a very positive manager. I want to play a good style of football and yesterday we showed what a threat we can be.”

Even so, Solskjaer knows that a battle against relegation looks almost inevitable, with the Welsh side as short as 5/4 with the bookmakers to go down, although it is understood that Tan will give his new manager a decent January war chest to buy new players.

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