SkyBet Championship: Cardiff City part company with boss
The former Manchester United striker had spent Wednesday in London locked in talks with chairman Mehmet Dalman, with owner Vincent Tan joining them on the telephone from Malaysia.
The Norwegian’s 8½-month reign at the Cardiff City Stadium was brought in to sharp focus on Tuesday by a 1-0 defeat by Middlesbrough, the Welsh club’s second home defeat in the space of four days. City are in 17th place in the Championship despite heavy summer investment in the squad which saw Solskjær bring 10 players to the club.
Solskjær joined Cardiff at the start of January but won only five of his 25 league games in charge as the Bluebirds were relegated from the Premier League and then made a poor start to the new season.
On Thursday the club confirmed that they had parted company with the 41-year-old, in a statement on their website.
"Ole was hired by Cardiff City on our understanding and belief that he would help us fight relegation from the Premier League," Malaysian owner Tan is quoted as saying. "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. During my short association with Ole, I have found him to be an honest and hardworking professional, but unfortunately the football results were not in his favour. As long as I am the owner of this Club, Ole and his family will always be welcome in the Chairman’s Suite as my guests. 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 in Cardiff City the results they deserve.”
Solskjær said: “I want to thank Vincent for giving me the opportunity to manage Cardiff City FC. 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 in the direction Vincent wants.
“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. I also want to thank Mehmet Dalman for his continued and loyal support and feel I have gained a new friend.”
Chairman Dalman added: “Having spoken with Ole on deciding the best course of action for all parties, I’m sorry to say that we have agreed that it is in the best interest of the club for us to go our separate ways.
“Ole has been a wonderful professional to work with since his arrival at the club. Due to a difference in philosophy of approach to the game, we have decided to part company amicably. He and his family will always be welcome at Cardiff City. I know I have gained a good friend whom I wish well and remain confident in his future success.”
According to the club statement Danny Gabbidon and Scott Young will be taking charge of team matters this coming Saturday for the trip to Derby County. Defender Gabbidon returned to Cardiff as a player-coach earlier in September.
The hunt for a successor is on.