Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Cardiff City manager leaves post

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored 128 goals for Manchester United between 1996 and 2007

Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stepped down after less than nine months in charge.

The announcement was made after Solskjaer, 41, held talks with chairman Mehmet Dalman.

The Bluebirds are 17th in the Championship after three losses in seven games, including Tuesday's 1-0 home defeat by Middlesbrough and a 4-2 capitulation against Norwich.

Veteran defender Danny Gabbidon and Scott Young are in temporary charge.

Before the announcement was made, BBC Scotland learned Dundee boss Paul Hartley, 37, had rejected the possibility of succeeding Solskjaer.

Welshman Tony Pulis is the favourite with most bookmakers, but the 56-year-old former Crystal Palace and Stoke boss told the BBC he has not been approached.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Cardiff record
Played: 30 Won: 9 Drawn: 5 Lost: 16

Solskjaer succeeded Malky Mackay on 2 January 2014, with Cardiff 17th in the Premier League, only one point clear of the relegation zone.

But the Norwegian could not steer them away from trouble, and they were relegated on 3 May after a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle.

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Results behind Solskjaer departure

Former Molde coach Solskjaer and Dalman both cited a "difference in philosophy" for the former Manchester United striker's departure.

Owner Vincent Tan said: "Ole was hired by Cardiff City on our understanding and belief that he would help us fight relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

"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."

Tan described Solskjaer as an "honest and hard-working professional" but added: "Unfortunately the football results were not in his favour."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Before joining Cardiff, Solskjaer helped Molde win the Norwegian title for the first time

Solskjaer said: "I want to thank Vincent for giving me the opportunity to manage Cardiff City.

"He has my full respect and I really wish him all the best in his pursuit of making this football club successful."

After the defeat by Middlesbrough, Solskjaer took the blame for the club's poor run of form.

"I should get better results than we've had in the first seven games," he said, after his side were booed off the pitch at half-time and full-time.

Former Bluebirds captain Jason Perry told BBC Radio Wales the board and Tan had to take some responsibility.

"It was the wrong appointment for Cardiff and the wrong club for Solskjaer," said Perry ahead of the Norwegian's departure.

"If you're manager or a coach you have a central strategy and you work on that. But he's still trying to find his first 11 and you can't do it, it doesn't work.

"The table tells you that, the results tell you that and unfortunately Cardiff thought he was the right man for the job and I want to know why."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer profile
1973: Born 26 February in Kristiansund, Norway
1995: Joins Molde from Clausenengen, scoring 20 goals in 26 games
1996: Joins Manchester United for £1.5m and scores on his debut against Blackburn at Old Trafford
1996-97: Finishes his first season as United's top league scorer with 18 goals
1999: Scores injury-time winner at the Nou Camp to beat Bayern Munich and win the Champions League
2007: Retires from playing in August and, soon afterwards, becomes reserve team manager
2010: Appointed Molde manager, ending a 14-year tie with Old Trafford
2011: Leads Molde to their first league title in 100 years in his debut season
2012: Helps Molde retain their league title
2014: Appointed Cardiff City manager in January, but leaves less than nine months later

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