Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would 'consider' Aston Villa job

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he would "consider" an offer from Aston Villa to become their new manager, but is also happy to stay at Norwegian side Molde.

The 39-year-old former Manchester United striker had talks with Villa on Friday about succeeding Alex McLeish, who was sacked on 14 May.

"I have a contract for two more years and I'll deal with it," he said.

"I have not received an offer, but if I do I have to consider it then. Now I'm just focused on doing my job here."

Solskjaer flew to Birmingham on Friday for talks with Villa owner Randy Lerner.

"I have said for a long time that I have ambitions to be a Premier League manager, but I haven't been chasing after any jobs," Solskjaer told the Norwegian press.

"It's up to Aston Villa now. I have only had a chat with them and expect them to speak to other candidates."

The six-time Premier League title winner's flying visit to the West Midlands has caused controversy in Norway, with club sponsor Aker ASA, who has been involved with Molde for over 20 years, saying it would be withdrawing its support for the club over Solskjaer's visit to Birmingham.

"I am sorry for the way it came out," he said. "But I would have spoken to them (Villa) anyway, even though it has turned out like this. I owe that to myself, my ambitions and my family."

Solskjaer, who scored Manchester United's winner in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich, has enjoyed a successful start to his managerial career, guiding Molde to their first Norwegian league title following a stint as reserve team coach at United.