Tommy Smith thinks Ole’s no good
Former Cardiff City striker Tommy Smith has said that newly appointed Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not a “great man manager”.
The Red Devils gig is Solskjaer’s second English Premier League coaching post, five years after his first ended in relegation with Cardiff.
And Tommy, who played a single game under Solskjaer – 11 minutes in a third-round FA Cup game, has stated that he is not convinced that the Norwegian has what it takes to succeed.
“I didn’t get that feel from him that he was a great man-manager. But he is a nice man and he’s obviously gone into the dressing room there and it’s just working for him.
“Initially, I was surprised when they announced he was interim manager. Just from what I’d seen at Cardiff, he struggled to be honest. I didn’t think it was going to work. I was probably one of the biggest critics.
“He took on a lot at Cardiff. We were struggling at the bottom of the Premier League and it’s always tough to come in under those circumstances and pressures. We were a level lower than he probably ever played with. His recruitment wasn’t great and that’s probably why his reign came to an end.
“It’s very different when you go into a team that’s under-performing and you’ve got players you can allow to release. He probably knew how to do that. I’ve played under managers who have been fantastic footballers. It doesn’t mean they make good managers. That respect only lasts so long before you start going, you’re not very good at your job!
“Mark Hughes at QPR came in with a huge amount of respect and at the end of his tenure I thought that had all gone. We didn’t see eye-to-eye. That’s my experience.
“So for Solskjaer, he carries that air of success but you have to prove it. You’ve got to back it up,” said the 38-year-old to Love Sport Radio.