Report: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in talks with Toronto FC over head coaching position

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The former Manchester United striker could be set to resurrect his managerial career in MLS.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s agent has confirmed to Norwegian news outlet Dagbladet that the Manchester United legend is in talks with Toronto FC over what the newspaper claims is the MLS club's head coaching position.

Solskjaer, 42, has been out of work since leaving Cardiff City last September after less than nine months in charge of the club, having failed to save them from Premier League relegation and then got off to a poor start to the 2014-15 Championship campaign.

According to Dagbladet’s report, the Norwegian has been linked with a return to former club Molde, who he guided to back-to-back Tippeligaen titles in 2011 and 2012, but sources have since informed the newspaper that he could now be heading to Toronto instead.

Agent Jim Solbakken confirmed as much when asked whether the claims were true, responding with a simple “yes”, although he would not reveal how far along talks have progressed at this point.

TFC do already have a head coach in place in ex-US international Greg Vanney but, while the former academy director and first-time manager is in a far from tenuous position, he has not exactly garnered glowing reviews during his time in the job either.

Replacing Ryan Nelsen at the helm last August, the club went on to miss out on a first-ever play-off spot after winning just two of their final 10 games of the 2014 season, while their form so far this term has also been up-and-down.

Sitting fifth in the Eastern Conference on 28 points after 20 games, the Canadian outfit’s squad possesses some great talent in Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and MVP front-runner Sebastian Giovinco, but there has always been a lingering feeling that Vanney could just be a stopgap until a more suitable option can be found.

Whether that is Solskjaer remains to be seen but it is worth noting that the ex-striker was considered a promising manager before his ill-fated Cardiff spell, having also coached United’s reserves and been tipped as Sir Alex Ferguson’s potential successor at Old Trafford, where he scored 126 goals in 366 games between 1996 and 2007.

He would have to get up to speed with the various MLS rules and regulations were he to take over at TFC but, with their tortured fanbase longing for success after eight seasons of underachievement, all he would need to do is guide them to the play-offs to write his name into franchise history.

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