Should this sacked Championship manager be considered for the Leeds United job?


Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now lost his job at Cardiff City – but could he enter the frame for the Leeds United job?

When Cardiff City decided to part ways with manager Malky Mackay in December, controversial owner Vincent Tan decided to make an ambitious appointment in the form of ex-Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian had returned to his former club Molde as manager after Uwe Rosler departed for Brentford, and Bluebirds fans were excited after winning over half of his games in charge as well as winning the Norwegian Premier League in successive seasons in 2011 and 2012.

But things haven't quite gone to plan at the Cardiff City Stadium, with Solskjaer unable to keep the Bluebirds in the Premier League last season, and after a disappointing start to the new season with just eight points from seven games, Solskjaer has paid with his job.

Yet it may not be all bad news for Solskjaer given that there is another opening in the Championship - at Leeds United.

The Whites are currently without a permanent manager after the sacking of Dave Hockaday in August, with owner Massimo Cellino needing to get the next appointment right having failed once already. There have been a whole host of names linked including former players such as Dominic Matteo and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, as well as surprise foreign names such as Darko Milanic and Alejandro Sabella.

Now, given that his first spell in England didn't go to plan, it would be little surprise to see Solskjaer try to land a second chance in the Championship by applying for the Elland Road post - but what should Cellino and Leeds do if that is the case?

Cellino has to get this decision right, and appointing someone with such a strong affinity with Manchester United - fierce rivals of Leeds - may not go down too well with a fanbase that is already frustrated. Alan Smith went from Leeds hero to Elland Road villain when he made the move to Old Trafford, and Solskjaer may not get the backing he'd expect were he to be appointed.

Solskjaer's spell at Cardiff was uninspiring at best, and whilst his record in Norway could appeal to the flamboyant Cellino - who is interested in the aforementioned Milanic despite an average record in Austria - but in order to keep the fans on board with this new regime, Cellino must avoid falling into the trap of appointing Solskjaer; whilst a big name in England, he isn't the man to take Leeds forward.

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