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Former Manchester United star Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, favourite to take over at Cardiff City

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Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman has said he knows who he would like to appoint as the new manager and hopes to have that person in place as soon as possible.

Dalman has remained quiet on who that man is, but former Manchester United and Norway striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, currently in charge of Molde, is thought to be the favourite.

According to the Daily Telegraph though, Cardiff are determined to appoint  Solskjaer as the replacement for Malky Mackay and have ruled out a move for Sven-Goran Eriksson following their 2-2 draw with Sunderland.

A source at the Welsh club told The Telegraph on Sunday night that Mehmet Dalman, the Cardiff chairman, believes a deal with Solskjaer is “not dead in the water” and is hopeful that the Norwegian can be persuaded to take over the Premier League side.

Dalman has held a series of phone calls with Solskjaer and has not only guaranteed funds for the forthcoming transfer window, but also given assurances about the structure that would exist between the manager and Vincent Tan, the owner. “Solskjaer has not said ‘no’ yet,” the source said.

Solskjaer is evens favourite on Betfair but surprisingly Blackpool boss, Paul Ince is second favourite, despite a poor run of recent form that has seen the Tangerines lose five in six.

JB

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