Manager Watch: Manchester United legend in, Mackay for West Ham?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was alongside Vincent Tan at Cardiff's game with Arsenal and looks set to take over from Malky Mackay.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will always be remembered as the man who scored that famous goal when Manchester United won the most dramatic of Champions League finals in 1999.

But it appears the Norwegian's Premier League legacy is about to live on.

Indeed, United legend Solskjaer was seen alongside controversial owner Vincent Tan at Cardiff's 2-0 defeat to Arsenal on New Year's Day. The two are reported to be in talks and confirmation of his appointment as Bluebirds manager is expected soon.

You have to wonder, though, whether the 40-year-old is making a wise decision.

But Solskjaer's managerial abilities, although not tested at Premier League level, are not what is in doubt if he were to replace the erstwhile Malky Mackay. No, one would have to question whether it is at all sensible to agree to work under Tan, the owner who has this season made headline after headline for his mistreatment of the Bluebirds' previous manager.

Solskjaer has previously coached the Manchester United reserve team and won league titles in Norway with Molde. Yet is a move to Wales really his best option right now?

The wages could be appealing, while the 40-year-old has reportedly been offered a significant warchest for the January transfer window. But Tan - who has even been reported to be unhappy that his goalkeepers didn't score any goals last season - is not known for his patience and loyalty. If anything of the Norwegian's isn't to his liking, Solskjaer will be the first to know.

Where will Mackay go?

Perhaps a better first step into English management would be at West Brom, where the Baggies are currently fairing reasonably well without a full-time manager.

That post, however, looks more likely to go to Cardiff's former boss Mackay, whose reputation was probably enhanced rather than damaged by the fiasco he underwent before being sacked.

But West Brom might not be the only potential destination for the Scot if recent results are anything to go by. Indeed, Sam Allardyce's time at West Ham could be up soon if the Hammers do not start pulling their finger out.

The owners at Upton Park, as well as executive Karen Brady, have hitherto lended their support to the struggling manager. Wednesday's lacklustre loss to London rivals Fulham provided yet another test of their patience, though.

If Allardyce does not survive this tough period, another opening may be created for Mackay, and it will give him the straightforward choice of West Ham or West Brom. Perhaps his Cardiff sacking was a lucky escape.

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