Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turns down chance to manage Aston Villa - report

Former Manchester United man had been strongly linked with the post following the sacking of Alex McLeish, but he appears to have rejected the opportunity for personal reasons
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has turned down the chance to manage Aston Villa, according to the Birmingham Mail.

The Molde coach flew to Villa Park last week to hold “informal” discussions with the club’s owner Randy Lerner, but it now appears that the 39-year-old has rejected the job offer.

Ever since Alex McLeish was relieved of his duties at the end of a disappointing Premier League campaign, the former Manchester United striker was among the favourites to take up the hotseat, but the Birmingham-based newspaper is reporting that he has ended his interest in the position.

After holding discussions with his employers at Molde on Tuesday, it is believed that Solskjaer cited personal reasons for his decision to remain in Norway, allegedly uneasy about moving his young family.

Solskjaer started his managerial career at Manchester United, taking control of the club's reserve team and leading them to league success, before leaving for Molde in January 2011 and masterminding their first-ever league title triumph in his debut season.

However, following discussions with Villa, Solskjaer learned that the club's billionaire benefactor had cut his funding from the club due to his unhappiness that the manager was in talks with another team and that it became public knowledge.

Although the Norwegian's decision to remove himself from the running will be a blow, Villa officials have claimed Solskjaer was just one of several potential targets, with Norwich City's Paul Lambert and Wigan's Roberto Martinez among the others names linked.