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The former Manchester United striker, who held talks with Randy Lerner following the sacking of Alex McLeish, was unwilling to relocate his wife and children to England

Molde boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that family reasons were behind his withdrawal from the running to become the new Aston Villa manager.

The former Manchester United striker was widely regarded as owner Randy Lerner’s first choice to succeed Alex McLeish, who was sacked after narrowly avoiding relegation and finishing on just 38 points, Villa’s lowest-ever Premier League tally.

Solskjaer flew to England last week to hold informal talks with the American, but the 39-year-old did not want to relocate his family back to the UK.

“I had a very open and honest, and very nice, dialogue with Mr. Lerner and he really understood my decision on thinking about my family and staying where I am now," Solskjaer told reporters.

"I brought them [my family] home 18 months ago and it has never been an issue for us.

"When something like this [Villa] came up, we had to discuss it and he [Lerner] was really understanding."

Solskjaer only moved back to his native Norway 18 months ago after a successful spell as United reserve team boss and still has three years remaining on his contract at the Aker Stadion.

Molde will also experience Champions League football next season after Solksjaer guided the club to its first league title in its 101-year history.

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