Will Solskjaer thrive under Tan?
Whether or not you would want to work under an owner such as Vincent Tan, I am sure that any manager working outside the top 5 European leagues would jump at the opportunity to work at a Premier League club. Taking over at any club will ultimately come with difficulties, whether it be the current league position, a threadbare squad or a non-existent transfer budget. Despite everything that has gone on in the press, working under Tan might not necessarily be the biggest issue on reflection. Managing a Premier League side that is averaging 27,500 fans and has a transfer budget for the January transfer window would be seen as a great opportunity by many.
Solskjaer has always seemed destined for big things in his managerial career. He is only 40, but is already in his 6th season of management having previously managed Man Utd reserves and then Molde in Norway's top flight. Whilst at United reserves, her was offered the chance to coach the Norweigan national team. He declined (probably the right move), saying he wasn't ready.
One thing he did as United reserves manager was work with young gifted players. This has been highlighted by his first signing as Cardiff boss - Magnus Eikrem from Heerenveen in the Dutch Eredivisie. Eirkem played under Solskjaer at United, and followed him again to Molde (also his home town). He signed for Heerenveen at the beginning of this season but the lure of the Premier League and working again with Solskjaer was too great. I expect him to get a lot of game time at Cardiff.
The next signing expected to be made by Solskjaer is Mats Moller Daehli. He is just 18 years old and again spent time at Man United in their youth set up and in the reserves. This time it was not under the new Cardiff boss, but Solskjaer's connections meant he saw a lot of him and eventually brought him to Molde earlier this season. Daehli played with Adnan Januzaj, and impressed MORE, as it was he who won the coveted player of the year award at United. In fact, OGS suggested that Daehli would have been in the United 1st team by now had he not gone to Norway to play at Molde.
Solskjaer will bring something to the Premier League, and to Cardiff City - enough that I expect they will survive the drop this season at least. His signings will be astute and calculated. I don't expect any big signings, at least not in January, but he will instill confidence in the squad and get them to believe they belong in the top flight.
The fact that Solskjaer turned down the Aston Villa job 18 months ago goes to show that he thinkg he can deal with Tan, and that the prospect of managing Cardiff City is an appealing one.