The future with Solskjaer
One question that many Cardiff City fans will begin to ask in the future is do they stick with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, or begin to look elsewhere.
March 5th, 2014
In my previous articles on this website I have highlighted the results since the Norwegian replaced Malkay Mackay back in January.
Facts need to be faced and relegation is a very real possibility for the football club, so ideas need be put in place to look at what the best option would be for an immediate return to the Premier League should they need it. The last thing the Cardiff supporters will want is another long stay in the Championship.
In the league he has managed to pick up just four points from a possible twenty-four and I personally believe some of the new signings are the reason for this. Cardiff needed experienced Premier League players. The kind of players who know the league inside out and know what to expect. In my view they didn’t get this.
Out of the seven players he brought in, only three of them were from the English league and you could even argue only one of them has the experience that this team so badly need.
That player is Kenwyne Jones, he will add strength and has aerial ability but he won’t score many goals for them. The other two from the English league are Manchester United pair Fabio and Wilfred Zaha.
Fabio got relegated while on loan at QPR last season, while winger Zaha might have a promising future but there is a reason why Manchester United have allowed them out on loan – to gain the Premier League experience they so desperately need.
Around £3.5million was spent on the acquisition of Magnus Wolff Eikrem from Heerenveen and Molde duo Mats Moller Daehli and Jo Inge Berget. They may prove to be good signings in the long term but they will need time to settle – something both Solskjaer and Cardiff don’t have.
This leads me to my original question about the future of the manager. He will be judged mainly on his results but also his signings, and he needs time to prove that his signings can make an impact at this football club – however, in this day and age this is something managers don’t get.
Owner Vincent Tan is the original Bond villain, and his antics in the press may just take the supporters’ eye off the management for a while – but ultimately Solskjaer will be compared to the previous manager, which could be the end of him also.