Cardiff Says Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Leaves Soccer Club

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left Cardiff City with the soccer club in 17th place in England’s second-division Championship, the team said today.

The 41-year-old former Manchester United player was appointed in January and wasn’t able to keep the team in the Premier League. He stepped down today, and Danny Gabbidon and Scott Young will oversee this weekend’s match against Derby, the team said today on its website.

“Ole was hired by Cardiff City on our understanding and belief that he would help us fight relegation from the Barclays Premier League,” majority owner Tan Sri Vincent Tan said. “Unfortunately that did not happen. After the club was relegated many people advised me to let him go, but I decided to keep Ole on for the Championship season. Regrettably our recent results do not justify Ole’s continued role as manager at Cardiff.”

The Norwegian played 11 years at Manchester United, scoring the goal that helped defeat Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final. He took over as Cardiff manager from Malky Mackay nine months ago.

Cardiff has eight points from the opening seven games of the season, and lost three of its last four matches, drawing the other.

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