After the back and forth of will he or won’t he, Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan finally pulled the trigger on Friday when he decided to relieve Malky Mackay from his duties in what was one of the most frustrating and perplexing dramas in recent memory. With this vacancy opening up, the Premier League currently has two clubs who are without a manager, and there are several more within the day(s) or week(s) that might decide to part ways with their managers.
With the Cardiff City manager position now open, the names of who will be considered and who is the front-runner to take the job began in earnest with one name immediately springing to the top of the list and that name was that of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The former Manchester United super sub has had a fine start to his managerial career in his native Norway as he has guided Molde FK to two league titles and a Norwegian Cup title in his first three seasons as the manager. Solskjaer’s exploits have already been noticed by a Premier League team as back in 2012 Aston Villa sought to hire him for their vacancy which they eventually filled by hiring Paul Lambert.
Given his resume in his short managerial career, it would be easy to see why even a man who seems to have no idea what he is doing in the form of Vincent Tan would want and covet Solskjaer as the next man in charge of the Welsh side. While it makes a lot of sense for Tan and Cardiff City to hire Solskjaer, making a move to be the next Cardiff City manager would be an unwise decision on the part of Solskjaer.
Already there are reports that Solskjaer has stated that when he decides which club to go work for he will choose based on the owner and not the club. That is clearly code for saying that Vincent Tan can forget about thinking Solskjaer can expect to come to Cardiff City so long as he is around as the owner. Frankly, Solskjaer is right to be picky about holding off and not choosing to manage Cardiff City if that is what he ends up deciding.
The fact of the matter is that it’s a question of when Solskjaer will make the move to the Premier League as a manager because clearly that is the next step for him. With that in mind, Solskjaer can afford to wait, be patient, and be picky about which job he decides to take given that there appears to be better jobs in the Premier League on the horizon either here in the short term or during the summer after this current season. And unlike the Cardiff City opening, those potential openings will have stable ownership who will do a good job of incubating and nurturing a young manager like Solskjaer.
The last thing a young, emerging manager like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs is for his first major job to be one where ownership cannot be trusted to fully support and nurture them as a manager. That is why it would be wise for Solskjaer to say thanks but no thanks to Vincent Tan about being the next Cardiff City manager as he can do better and will have better options available to him within the Premier League.