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Ole: I Can’t Coach Reserves Forever

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had a very successful start to his managerial career at United, leading our Reserves to be crowned English champions this season, as well as winning a couple of Manchester Senior Cups and the Lancashire Senior Cup.

However, our former player has conceded that he can’t stay at the Reserves forever, and may have to return to Norway for work at some stage if nothing comes up at United.

“I will await what the manager does and then we’ll see,” Solskjaer said. “I am very happy in Manchester, but will not train the reserves forever. A future coaching career in Norway is something I certainly cannot rule out.”

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  1. theboogeyman says:

    The first team awaits you, Ole.

  2. Moscow is my heaven says:

    I would not want Solkjaer to replace SAF. Love him and all but some things are just not meant to be.

  3. Costas says:

    What? Ole must not leave. He has been at the club in different capacitys for 14 years. Longer than any other non British player. I can’t imagine United without him.

  4. stpercival, the former john ferry says:

    Fergie sign him, as your assistant !!!

  5. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    A lot of the comments on here are heart over head. Won’t be abusive or condescending bur people get a grip. Costas, I always read your comments and value your opinion you should know better.

  6. Blotto says:

    Ole is now part of Utd folklore, but if he were ever to fulfill a destiny of one day becoming the Manager he will have to move on and learn his trade at other Clubs and hopefully find that he has what it takes to be a first class Coach and eventually Manage one of the big European Teams, hopefully Utd at some stage!

  7. Costas says:


    I am not saying that he should be our next manager. That decision shouldn’t be made based on sentiment and right now I don’t think that he is the best candidate. But Ole is a great ambassador for this club and I wouldn’t like to see him leave. Unless he is really serious about focusing on management. In that case, his future is probably outside OT.

  8. RedScot says:

    At long last a bit of pressure from Ole, thank fuck.
    Think through Sir Alex what you said regards taking Laurent Blanc, to sit beside Domenech at the world cup.
    Your very likely aware and the scene is being set. Brilliant.

  9. Shak says:

    Needs to seriously prove himself before comtemplating that. I wud love to see that one day.

    He has a lot to offer the club with experience n as a player a role model fir doing the job n on the pitch n understanding his role in the team. Great player

  10. dela says:

    What a strike by Ozil! I Fergie, sign him up!

  11. ryder91 says:

    wow id love him as fergies no.2, even though phelan has done a great job, but come on, its OLE!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    i can see the lad been number 2 next season or the season after. from what i hear from someone whos sort of in the know Gary Neville is in line for the reserve job

  13. Moscow is my heaven says:


    Now THAT is a good choice for Solkjaer’s successor as Reserves coach. Red Nev will give our young lads a fire and spirit unmatched by previous generations in the Reserves.

  14. Fze123 says:

    Ole just got into management and does need to have success elsewhere to prove he is worthy of becoming a Utd manager; this takes time and he needs to gain experience at a high level. It would be nice to see him manage Utd, but if he will be getting involved with the first team in the future, I can see him becoming the manager’s assistant, a role which would suit him best imo. He’s been fantastic with the reserves, hope the youngsters who enjoyed success under him make it here and live up to their potentials.

  15. Doghouse says:

    I think he’s done a superb job for the reserves. Time to bring him up to the next level. Either as assistant or let him go walkabout and find his feet elsewhere, then bring him back. Bottom line is when SAF finally does hang up his hair dryer we’re going to have to take a gamble on somebody, there is no glass fronted box with the perfect manager in it we can break out in an emergency.

    As a player Solksjaer had one quality that I think defined him more than any other, he could read a game better than anybody. He’d be on the bench, watching, seeing what he’d need to do, then bang, on he comes, wins you the Treble, or puts four past Forest in fifteen minutes, whatever you need. I think that quality makes him brilliant management material. I would love to see him in our dugout again.

  16. Josh-2b-King says:

    2-O-L-E should move to the first team and learn firsthand as much as possible from the Master of the Game

  17. lawman10 says:

    ryder91, just read your post phelans done a good job!!!!
    now you must of been drinking when you posted that comment!!
    fergie talks more to rene, then phelan during games……………………but I do think ole should be made number 2…
    maybe after fergie it will be ole & rene? that would get my vote

  18. sankgupt says:

    Why not !!! However, SAF will know better about ole’s skills as coach.

    Pep became Barcelona manager after just 1 year as reserve coach and look at the things he has done for them.

  19. Xyth says:

    Would not be so sure about that. Even Ronny not too long before he left was saying how happy he was to be at Manchester United yet could not wait for the end of the season to put in a transfer request.

  20. Xyth says:

    Sorry the previous comment was meant for the Vidic post.

  21. ryder91 says:

    @lawman10 phelans done a good job, just because hes not the most vocal coach on the bench isnt the worst thing. we dont get to see the changing room talk, and the all the players seem to like him, having another ex-united player gives us vital experience because he knoes what the club is all about.

  22. Chilly Willy says:

    @ sankgupt

    totally agree with you…Pep has done a fantastic job coming in as a rookie with Barcelona! why not offer Ole the top job when SAF retires? he reads the game so well and would offer continuity, and he clearly loves the club as much as we do!

  23. King Eric says:

    Agree with ryder. Nowt wrong with Phelan. The players love him. United through and through now.

    NRD – Hello mate. Don’t get what is wrong with Costas’s comments. Too right. Ole musn’t leave United. A refreshing change from some of the horrible greedy cunts polluting Football these days.

  24. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    King Eric, I’ll admit had a few when I wrote that. I’m just not all for promoting from within, its too risky in my opinion. Guardiola is a rare find with what he’s done. Theres a good chance Ole will fail and the United fans would turn on him. I’m not old enough to know but I do know history of the club, don’t fance McGuiness part 2. A few years ago everyone was talking about Keane as the next manager and years before that Robson. I’d say Steve Bruce is a safer bet but he’s not even in my top ten choices.

  25. Moscow is my heaven says:

    Mourinho has to be the One. If SAF names Jose as his successor, then surely no-one can argue against him. People skip to conclusions that if Guardiola has done so well for Barca, then surely we can gamble on promoting our Reserves manager, but I argue that being the manager of Manchester United is the highest position in world football, and only Mourinho is confident enough and has equal European pedigree to take it on. The job requires the mental fortitude as has been shown by Mourinho both on the European theatre and the Premier League. I give you the only manager to have successfully put together some sort of challenge to the great man himself Sir Alex Ferguson. Solkjaer, however much I like his intelligence and bond with the club, should not be given the choice. This ain’t a retirement party reward or some reward for lifetime services to the club, this is the single most important decision that Manchester United as a football club has to make. My favourite is Mourinho to take the helm at OT.

  26. Costas says:


    I wasn’t promoting Ole as Fergies’s successor anyway. He is not the guy for the job now or in 12 months, but in a few years, who knows?

  27. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    True Costas, but you can’t begrude anyone for trying to further their career. Its hard to let go of our favourite players but we can’t stock pile them all in coaching roles expecting them not to move. Ole will be here for a couple of years but if a good job came his way I expect him to leave.

  28. Costas says:

    Of course Notorious. It all comes down to his aspirations then. If he is serious about managing, then he should try his luck somewhere else. If not, I want to believe that there’s someway he can contribute to United. And sentiments aside, he has done a very good job in the Reserves, so hopefully he will continue to do so.

  29. Mr E says:

    Move Ole up to first team assistant manager

  30. RLT says:

    What moving Ole up as an assistant?
    He’d learn from the master firsthand, and could then help ease the transition by guiding SAF’s successor (whoever it may be) into the job and teaching/helping him maintain United’s culture of winning, class & traditions for a season.

    All the while Ole will also see/learn from the successor what a new manager goes through.

    Then he will be ready to manage a club in Norway….then their national team…..and in 7-10 yrs he’ll be ready to take over at United.

    Trophy collecting ensues.

    First time poster….love the site by the way.

  31. ZuluMalta says:

    Calm down my friend ! Your time will come and you will be up there with Sir Matt & Sir Alex !!!

  32. GoatinaUnitedShirt says:

    Is this a non story – of course he wont train the reserves forever but if he’s making noises about leaving now after only one year in a job then he has no staying power and is certainly not fit to fill Sir Alexs shoes. Sir Alex is who he is because the desire to win every year is so strong and the need to be part of the fabric of the place is the key to success. Ole shut up and do your job mate, you havent done that much yet. Yes youve won the reserve league but a reserve team player of YOUR making has yet to fully establish himself in the first team. Surely that is the measure of your success, allbeit just a start.


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