Solskjaer's appointment excites Cardiff players says Hudson

Cardiff City's Craig Bellamy and new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Cardiff City captain Mark Hudson says the appointment of new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has excited everyone at the club.

Hudson has only played two Capital One Cup games this season.

The defender hopes to impress Solskjaer if he plays in the FA Cup third round tie at Newcastle United on Saturday.

"It's fresh eyes looking on the team and hopefully for myself, I'll look to impress and get myself into the team," said Hudson.

The 31-year-old central defender was a regular for Cardiff last season in the Championship but has yet to play for them in the Premier League.

Ben Turner and summer signing Stephen Caulker have played at the heart of the Cardiff defence in all 20 of City's matches in the top flight this season.

Hudson admits it has been frustrating, but says he does not feel any animosity towards former manager Malky Mackay.

"To be honest the boys that have played have done well," said Hudson.

"I spoke to Malky quite a bit. We got on well. He was honest and just said, 'you have to wait for your chance', which I've done.

"I wish him all the best and have nothing bad to say about him at all. Obviously we are into a new chapter now."

Former Manchester United striker Solskjaer was appointed on Thursday and took his first training session as Cardiff boss on Friday.

Hudson is looking forward to showing the Norwegian what he can offer.

"He knows a lot about the game and it's really exciting times," said Hudson.

"He wants to play entertaining football, which I'm looking forward to being a part of.

"I know what I can add to the team but it's down to me to show the manager."

If Hudson does play against Newcastle on Saturday, he will line up against his former boss Alan Pardew, who signed him when he was in charge of Charlton Athletic.

Newcastle are currently eighth in the Premier League and have already beaten the Bluebirds this season.

Cardiff are just one point and one place above the relegation zone, having won only one of their last 10 matches.

Hudson admitted it will be a difficult game for the Bluebirds.

"I know Pardew well," said Hudson.

"He's done really well this year. I think he was under pressure a bit early on but they've turned things around.

"They are a top 10 side and it's going to be a tough game."

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