Writer: Mike Field
Date:Tuesday May 22 2012
Okay whilst the dust settles and the rumours and speculation slowly dies a death as fans go a little mental over news that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has 'removed himself' from the running of becoming our manager, let's focus on a few things.
1 - we held an informal interview only. We didn't hold a formal interview. Informal possibly because neither Paul nor Randy had ever had the chance to meet Ole previously.
2 - the club in their only comment all week have said we were interviewing numerous other candidates.
3 - in doing so we can presume that other candidates impressed more than Ole did (although I think we all agree he is going to be as much a household name in the future as a manager, as he was a player).
4 - it's possible - given we didn't offer him the job - that we told him as much given the over the top reaction from Molde's sponsors and the degeneration of relationships in the press with the leaked questions and the like, and Ole publicly withdrew his interest from the job in order to repair some bridges. Afterall, his own words were that if Villa didn't offer the job (which he would only consider) he had two years left at Molde and intended to see out his contract.
Therefore, he hasn't turned us down as some suggest. He has done what is right and proper for his career and his family. He never once said 'he wouldn't turn us down' as some have suggested, he only ever said he would make a decision as and when necessary.
The club equally have done nothing wrong here, despite some attempts to blame them for everything including global warming.
We didn't offer Ole the job, he had nothing to turn down. In the boards view they have better candidates to take us forward at this moment in time.
Nobody knows who that might be, so the bile and the vitriol is probably best placed on hold for now unless people really feel the need to lose their toys over twitter and press speculation as opposed to true facts.
As of typing their is no official announcement on the Official Site, and given (I again repeat) he wasn't offered the job I wouldn't really expect to see one - however the club have briefed the press and stated that Ole removed himself from the running due to family commitments.
Is there a lesson, don't believe everything you read in the press, on Twitter and from those who love to peddle speculation with distorted headlines?
As ever the only true thing to believe is what the club say when they make a statement because they have something to offer.
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Date:Tuesday May 22 2012
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