Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointed new manager of Cardiff City

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed Cardiff City's new manager.

The 40-year-old former Manchester United striker has agreed a 12-month rolling contract with the Bluebirds.

Solskjaer, who succeeds Malky Mackay as manager of the Bluebirds, was in the stand as his new side were defeated 2-0 by Arsenal at the Emirates on Wednesday.

His presence all but confirmed reports that he was on the verge of taking over as manager with his appointment announced on Thursday morning.

Solskjaer met his new squad at the club's training ground on Thursday. He joins from Molde - whom he led to two Norwegian league titles and a cup - and replaces the sacked Malky Mackay.
"It is a fantastic challenge. Cardiff are ready to take the next step up. I hope I can help them," he said.

"I've always dreamt of being a manager in the Premier League and I'm delighted to get the opportunity.

"I am really looking forward to convincing the Cardiff fans that I am the right man to take them forward.

"I will try to convince the fans with my hard work, loyalty and my brand of football. I'm a very positive manager."
Cardiff, who were beaten 2-0 by Premier League leaders Arsenal on Wednesday, are 17th in the table and only one point clear of the relegation zone.

Solskjaer's first game in charge will be against Newcastle in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.