Cardiff City confirm Ole Gunnar Solskjaer departure

Cardiff City have confirmed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left the club after a disappointing start to the season.

Former Manchester United striker Solskjaer took charge at Cardiff in January after a largely impressive spell with Molde in his native Norway, but the Welsh club were relegated after finishing bottom of the Premier League.

Despite claiming two wins and a draw from his first three games in the Championship this season, Cardiff have taken only one point from their last four matches and now sit 17th in the table.

Cardiff owner Vincent Tan told the club's official website: "Ole was hired by Cardiff City on our understanding and belief that he would help us fight relegation from the Barclays Premier League. Unfortunately that did not happen.

"After the club was relegated many people advised me to let him go, but I decided to keep Ole on for the Championship season. Regrettably our recent results do not justify Ole's continued role as manager at Cardiff.

"Ole has therefore decided to step down and I have accepted this. During my short association with Ole, I have found him to be an honest and hardworking professional, but unfortunately the football results were not in his favour.

"As long as I am the owner of this club, Ole and his family will always be welcome in the Chairman's Suite as my guests. I wish Ole the very best in his future career in football. We now begin the process of finding his replacement and working towards giving all our stakeholders in Cardiff City the results they deserve."

Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman added: "Ole has been a wonderful professional to work with since his arrival at the club. Due to a difference in philosophy of approach to the game, we have decided to part company amicably.

"He and his family will always be welcome at Cardiff City. I know I have gained a good friend whom I wish well and remain confident in his future success."

Solskjaer expressed hope that the club could still challenge for promotion this season.

"I want to thank Vincent for giving me the opportunity to manage Cardiff City FC," he said. "He has my full respect and I really wish him all the best in his pursuit of making this football club successful. However, our difference in philosophy on how to manage the club made me decide to step aside and allow the club to move forward in the direction Vincent wants.

"I leave the club with some very talented players and want to thank them for their efforts and hope to see them challenge for promotion this season. I also want to thank Mehmet Dalman for his continued and loyal support and feel I have gained a new friend."

Cardiff defender Danny Gabbidon take temporary charge of the team alongside Scott Young for Saturday's game away to Derby County.