Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Am Definitely the Boss Here, Declares Solskjaer

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Am Definitely the Boss Here, Declares Solskjaer

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Byline: Andrew Gwilym

NEW Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has dismissed concerns over working with owner Vincent Tan, declaring: "I'm in charge".

The former Manchester United striker and Molde manager was con-firmed as Malky Mackay's successor yesterday, just six days after the Scot was sacked after a series of disputes with Malaysian Tan.

Given the manner in which Tan and Mackay's relationship deteriorated so rapidly, the 40-year-old Solskjaer would have been forgiven for seeking assurances over the job he was walking into when he held discussions with the owner and chairman Mehmet Dalman.

Some bookmakers already have Solskjaer, who won two league titles and one Norwegian cup with Molde, odds-on to survive less than 18 months in his new job.

But promises have been made regarding the January transfer budget and the working structure at the club, and Solskjaer does not envisage having any issues when it comes to running football matters.

"I'm very confident in my own ability as a manager and I'm looking forward," said the Norwegian, who has signed a rolling contract and brought former Red Devils youth coaches Richard Hartis and Mark Dempsey with him to Cardiff.

"I've had great chats with the owner and Mehmet, the important thing now is that we have good dialogue about how to progress the club.

"That's the key for me now, that we do communicate. Mehmet and I will be speaking very often. I'll be in charge of football matters.

"I go into this with my eyes open and I want the fans to be proud of us when we go on the pitch.

"I will only ask my players for 100% which was hammered down to me with the gaffer (Sir Alex Ferguson) and Roy Keane at Manchester United.

We can forgive mistakes as long as we have a go and enjoy playing in the Premier League.

"I felt I needed to be back here and I want to stay for the long, long term. …

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