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Manchester United fans would do better than to ignore Cardiff’s warning over Ole

Manchester United fans would do better than to ignore Cardiff’s warning over Ole

The appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United interim manager has been met with, seemingly, overwhelming positivity from fans and journalists alike.

Indeed, this site has been chastised by Manchester United fans accusing us of negativity toward the club – even though we aren’t Man Utd fans and only wrote an honest assessment of his time at Cardiff City.

A lot of the criticism levelled at Solskjaer has come from Cardiff fans who had him in charge of the club for eight months. Not a short amount of time and he was backed in two transfer windows. As a neat summation of his time at Cardiff, I defer to this tweet.

https://twitter.com/CardiffCityCCFC/status/1075067289052037120

Now Cardiff City wasn’t perfect at the time. The club was dealing with the off-field shenanigans of Malky Mackay and Iain Moody. But when Ole came in, Vincent Tan was very positive and very sure that he was the right man for the job and given the chance to take the club back up to the Premier League after relegation.

Manchester United fans have told me countless times that: ‘Cardiff were already relegated when he took over, what do you expect?’ but that’s pure ignorance, as explained here.

In essence, Ole was an unmitigated disaster at Cardiff and fans were delighted to see him sacked – and were even happy that Russell Slade replaced him. So why are United fans so willing to ignore this? Granted, he may have had time to grow over the past four seasons and his approach may have changed, but the fact is, their fans seem happy to make excuses on his behalf.

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The Cardiff debate isn’t irrelevant. Sure, it might not mean much in the grand scheme of things, but to dismiss the views of people who watched him over a long period is arrogance at worst and wilful ignorance at best.

He was an abject and incompetent manager. He tinkered to the point he played our most creative attacking midfielder at left back, and a potent striker on the wing. He compounded the mess the club was in and took us from 17th in the Premier League to 17th in the Championship.

And yes, you can’t dismiss his experience at Molde out of hand, but when he joined Cardiff, we looked at that as indicator of what to expect at Cardiff and none of it joined up. Plenty of football fans tried to say Pep Guardiola would find it tough in England when he came across, yet many seem to be justifying Ole’s foregone success because he’s done well in Norway.

Sure, United is different. But if previous experience doesn’t matter a jot, why didn’t they hire Mark Hughes, Steve Bruce, or let Phelan have a tilt at it by himself? United fans dismiss Bruce and Hughes because their CVs aren’t up to scratch (even though they KNOW the club), but embrace Ole, despite his CV because he KNOWS the club.

It does matter. Except when it’s Cardiff. We’ve spent this season being talked down by ignorant pundits, fans and journalists alike. It’s a symptom of being a small club in a big league.

If Ole is a success, then all power to him. It’s poetic that he visits the CCS on Saturday. Chances are, he’ll oversee a spanking because we’re Cardiff City and that’s what happens. All we ask is you heed our warning.

We aren’t jealous, or annoyed that you’ve snatched someone from under our nose. We are just aghast that a man who showed no tactical intuition, no ability to find his best team and a complete inability to change a game once it wasn’t going his way, has rocked up at the biggest club in world football.

 

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