Wenger backs ‘intelligent’ former Manchester United star.
Premier League veteran Arsene Wenger has urged Ole Gunnar Solksjaer to make the most of his big break at Cardiff City.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in the directors’ box for Arsenal’s 2-0 win over the Bluebirds at the Emirates Stadium, as the former Manchester United striker edges closer to taking charge of the club following Malky Mackay’s sacking.
The 40-year-old, now managing in his native Norway with Molde, would have been impressed by his potential new side and Wenger believes he stands to inherit a team capable of avoiding instant relegation.
“It is a chance for Ole,” Wenger, who has been in his job longer than the 19 other Premier League managers combined, said.
“Basically what you want when you are young is a chance and after you have to make the maximum of that chance. He has already experience as a manager in Norway, so he has learnt his job.
“He was an intelligent player, so he is an intelligent boy as well, and that will help him to be successful.”
Solskjaer’s imminent appointment could leave caretaker managers David Kerslake and Joe McBride searching for new jobs, but Kerslake said that they were more concerned by the welfare of the club.
“I believe that the squad we have is good enough to survive in the Premier League,” he said.
“Whoever comes in, obviously there is an important month coming up and if he can add to it, if he can make the squad better, then all well and good, but I believe the team are good enough to stay up.
“Coaches and managers in football know that it’s a precarious job and we just get on with it. There’s no problem there.”
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