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Solskjaer: I’m not stupid or naive enough to replace Fergie

by Sam Peoples

“I can say that I’m not stupid enough or naive enough to be able to do that job.” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 

Ole Gunnar Solskajer has made an extremely impressive start to his managerial career in his native Norway with Molde.

He has led the club to their first ever two league titles in his first two years as manager and has been earning a lot of plaudits, with his name being thrown in the hat for recent jobs at Aston Villa, Blackburn and Bolton.

Sir Alex Ferguson has been at Manchester United’s helm for 26 years now and has had a nine foot bronze statue erected outside the recently named Sir Alex Ferguson stand at Old Trafford, but he can’t manage Manchester United forever (unfortunately).

Given his immediate successes as a manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might be a candidate for the job but speaking with FourFourTwo, he made it obvious it wasn’t a job he wanted.

He said: “Every player who has played for Man United would hope that they become such a good manager that they could get that job.

“If that’s to happen I’ve got to work hard in many, many years and learn, get the experience and let’s see later on.

“As young managers, when you come to a tough period you’ve got to get through that one to show the Man United board, Man United supporters that you might be the right man. 

“I’ll have to get through hard times before I think about that one.  I’m always going to be a Man United supporter, you cut me up I’ll bleed red. 

“Any kid’s dream is to play at Man United if you have a Man United heart. When you get too old to play, the next best thing is to be the manager.”

I’d love to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer back at Manchester United in the future given his status as a player at the club and manager already, given that he has won silverware with the reserves before Warren Joyce took over.

He knows what it takes to win at Old Trafford but replacing Sir Alex Ferguson is going to be the toughest managerial task in the world and it would certainly be a step too soon for Solskjaer.

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