Things have been going pretty well for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in recent times. However four games into the Norwegian season and things have taken a turn for the worst.
Last month we asked the question if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have overstayed his welcome in Norway. He was recently linked with the managerial posts at Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers and should have perhaps considered moving on from Molde FK when he had the chance and in prophetic style it seems we may have had a point.
As Molde’s pursuit of a third consecutive Norwegian title is already in tatters just four games into the 2013 Tippeligaen campaign; they currently sit bottom of the table with zero points since the season got back under way in March.
The team is largely the same one which has dominated Norwegian football for the past two seasons ever since Solskjaer led the club to their first ever domestic title in 2011.
The likes of former Manchester United midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem for instance have stayed despite numerous enquiries from the Bundesliga and Eredivisie. Vegard Forren is the main departure; the imperious centre-back signed for Southampton in January and has yet to make an impact on English football.
So logic would dictate that they should be in the running for the title once again so explaining their sudden dip is an almost thankless task.
The warning signs however were present.
In pre-season things did not go well for MFK.
A game against local rivals Aalesunds saw them receive a 4-0 pasting just before the season began.
In some respects that is not a big problem. Aalesunds are currently top of the table with four wins in as many games which rubs extra salt in the wound for passionate Molde fans.
In fact their first three defeats did come against sides expected to perform well this season. Viking, Lillestrom and SK Brann are not easy opponents at this level.
But their recent 2-1 defeat at home to Sogndal really hit home and has left fans wondering what the season ahead truly entails; a title fight or a relegation battle. With a Champions League qualifying campaign on the horizon things may be grim by the time they try to earn their spurs in Europe.
For Solskjaer it would be a shame if this run continues and he finds himself no longer needed at Molde; when people might say he has ‘taken them as far as he can’.
As for his reputation that should remain. His achievements with Molde in such a short time have been sensational and it may just be all they need is a confidence boost.
If only they were playing a Cup match against lowly third division side Elnesvagen this week where they could find some goals to boost morale.
Oh wait they are.
Hope yet for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer; we all know how he likes a dramatic finish.
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