Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is to be sacked as manager of Cardiff City after their poor start to the season back in the Championship.
The Sun has revealed that Solskjaer skipped training on Wednesday to meet with club officials in London and discuss a severance package. Despite only being manager since January, the Norwegian could net as much as £3 million.
The paper also says that Tony Pulis will be in the frame to replace him, though owner Vincent Tan is said to also be looking into the possibility of getting in a foreign coach.
Cardiff slipped to 17th in the table after a 1-0 home defeat to Middlesborough last night and it appears owner Tan is ready to go in a new direction.
Solskjaer takes responsibility
The former Manchester United striker took responsibility for his sides performance last night, telling the BBC: “I’m responsible and I should get better results than this; than what we’ve had in the first seven games.”
“We didn’t have enough quality or composure to put that last ball in the right place. That’s football.”
Having conceded a goal after just two minutes last night, the former Molde manager believes that destroyed his team’s confidence.
“We just did not get going. Our first attack looked promising and then we got countered and conceded.
"We wanted to go and turn things around from losing to Norwich on Saturday and that knocked our confidence. We want to prove we are better than we showed against Norwich and it never happened.”
Failing to live up to pre-season expectation
Having started the season as one of the pre-season favourites Cardiff have picked up eight points from a possible 21.
It caps a miserable nine-months for the 41-year-old who replaced Malky Mackay with the Welsh capital side outside of the relegation zone in the Premier League, only to finish bottom the league, six points away from safety.
Much like Fulham, who joined them in relegation from the Premier League, the players look devoid of confidence and a change in regime at the Cardiff City Stadium may be the only way to change their fortunes.
Was he ever the right man for the job?
Cardiff fans were outraged when Tan replaced Mackay with Solskjaer, feeling that the Scotsman was their best chance of staying in the Premier League.
Upon the appointment of a young manager, whose only prior experience was in Norway and with the Manchester United reserves, many eyebrows were raised when he was given the job in the Welsh capital.
Results have never come despite Solskjaer saying the performances were improving since January. He has only taken 20 from a possible 75 points during his reign and it seems the writing has been on the wall for quite some time now.