It’s not looking great for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the minute.
Not only has he lost more Premier League games than he’s won in permanent charge of Man Utd, but should rivals Liverpool avoid defeat in their game in hand then they’ll have double the amount of points as the Red Devils...after 24 games.
Solskjaer’s once again the favourite for the chop - in fact he’s now odds-on - and with his position in doubt Paddy Power have released a series of eclectic and quirky ‘Next Permanent Job’ specials for the under-fire Norweigen.
These range from a return to Molde FK to chucking in football altogether in order to join Andrea McLean and Janet Street-Porter on the Loose Women panel.
Let’s take a look at his potential options...
A return to Molde FK
There’s absolutely no shame in returning to Molde FK for a third-spell (2/1), after all Solskjaer’s tasted success at his homeland club, where he’s overseen 243 games across two spells, 135 of which he’s won.
It’s where he began his managerial career, and in that first spell he led the club to their first ever league title. He backed up that title triumph the following season and later lifted the cup, before undertaking a rather forgettable stint at Cardiff.
Solskjaer returned to Molde in autumn 2015, and while his second-spell didn’t produce any silverware, he did do enough to attract the interest of Man Utd.
Molde have since stormed to the title in his absence under Solskjaer’s former first-team coach Erling More who is unlikely to relinquish his position ahead of the new season, which gets underway in April.
Rinus Michels, Louis van Gaal, Guus Hiddink, Roy Hodgson and more recently the likes of Paul Clement, Danny and Nicky Cowley all taught PE before taking the leap into football management.
Solskjaer is priced at 7/2 to flip the script and become a PE teacher after being a football manager. If keen, a quick Google informs us that there’s no shortage of vacancies in the Manchester area.
Alternatively, a return to Man Utd youth level could be an option, with Solskjaer available at 10/1 to take over the club’s U15 side.
From the dugout to Loose Women?
Other Football Options: From Salford to Kilbarrack United
Should Solskjaer wish to prolong his career as a gaffer, there are a few other options that could tickle his managerial buds.
Close to home we have Salford City, owned by his former Red Devils pals, but with Graham Alexander the man at the helm he may have to bide his time with this one.
Solskjaer’s spell at Cardiff didn’t quite go to plan, in fact it was pretty woeful, and considering the club only recently appointed Neil Harris, the 20/1 price for a return to the Bluebirds is best avoiding.
He’s 16/1 to venture down into the National League North, and 25/1 to go to the South equivalent.
I’ve got more chance of bagging a date with Margot Robbie than Solskjaer has of landing either of the Liverpool or Man City jobs (500/1), however should he attempt to stay at Old Trafford in some capacity he’s 50/1 to become the club’s new director of football.
Randomly, Irish side Kilbarrack United are in the mix, well if you can call 500/1 in the mix.
Take your pick...
Painter & Decorator
Man Utd are in need of a significant rebuilding job, from top to bottom, and should Solskjaer no longer be a part of that, he could whip out his paint-and-brush and give certain sections of Old Trafford a literal make-over.
Alternatively, he’s 500/1 to become a plumber.
Panellist on Loose Women
Now we’re talking.
Admittedly, our knowledge of the daytime show isn’t great but as far as we’re aware there’s never been a permanent male panellist, so Solskjaer could make history with this one (500/1).
Recent guest presenters include Peter Andre, James Jordan and Joe Swash. Take from that what you will.
To replace Harry in the Royle Family or become a Parish Priest
We’ll end on that note.
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