Solskjaer appointment good choice by Cardiff, say Goal Singapore readers

The former Manchester United striker left Molde and took charge of the Premier League strugglers after Malky Mackay was controversially sacked by owner Vincent Tan
Cardiff City wasted no time in naming a new manager when they appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to take charge on Thursday, a week after sacking Malky Mackay.

The Scot was dismissed after months of speculation over his future, despite guiding Cardiff to the Premier League for the first time in the club's history as they won the Championship last season. Malkay's relationship with owner Vincent Tan had deteriorated, leading to the Malaysian issuing an ultimatum for him to resign or be sacked.

Molde manager Solskjaer, who was in the stands during Cardiff's 2-0 loss to Arsenal on Wednesday, got off to a perfect start to life at his new club when they beat Newcastle in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Carig Noone and Fraizer Campbell struck within the space of seven minutes as Cardiff came back from a goal down to win 2-1 at St James' Park, securing progress to the third round of the FA Cup to leave their new manager thrilled.

That result will have lent further justification to the 46.7% of Goal Singapore readers who believe that Cardiff made the correct decision to appoint the former Manchester United striker as their new man in charge. Only 16.2% believe they should have chosen someone else, although the remaining 37.1% feel that Malkay should not have been sacked.

Most famous for scoring the goal that won Manchester United the 1999 Champions League title, Solskjaer coached the club's reserves following his retirement before moving to Molde in January 2011. He led them to their first-ever Norwegian league title that season, and went on to retain it the following year.

Having declared that he is not concerned by Tan's reputation, Solskjaer now has to keep Cardiff up in the league with them in 17th position at the halfway stage of the season.