Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has emerged as the shock favourite to take over at managerless Aston Villa.

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Norwich City boss Paul Lambert has been in the top two of the bookies’ lists ever since Alex McLeish was sacked on Monday but Solskjaer is now as short as 5/6 to take over at Villa.

Lambert, Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers and Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez are all still believed to be on Villa owner Randy Lerner’s shortlist.

Lerner reportedly flew in to England yesterday to head up the search for the club’s new manager.

Solskjaer was a big fans’ favourite at Old Trafford and coached their reserve side until he took over the manager’s job at Norwegian club Molde.

He has impressed in that role and has guided his side to second place in the early stages of the 2012 Norwegian domestic season, winning all five of his home matches. Villa won just four all season.

Lambert’s odds are still as short as 11/8 for the Villa post and he is as low as 14/1 to take over at Liverpool.

Late this afternoon, BBC Sport said a source close to the Birmingham club told them that no definitive shortlist had been drawn up. There were also reports that Martinez had been given permission to speak to Liverpool.

31 comments

  • Wioith their infinite wisdom and ties with Liverpool aren't Hansen and Lawrenson in the running for the Liverpool job.?

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Ethered. Goodbye.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • This is the best news that I have heard in a long time lets just hope that Ole gets the job OTBC

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    leslie cater

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • it seems like the Molde FK fans will now be leaping into the fjords or trying to let the planes tyres down

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    malmocanary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • There`s Nor way Lambo will be going to Aston Vanilla now! Anyway, on another board, Preston has worked out Lambo`s career plan. VERY logically, too..... ;-) You plane-spotter guys are super sleuths!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • As it happens, the last three years have been better than anything I've experienced at the club in my 30-year history, and absolutely not what I was expecting after watching us go down against Charlton. I've completely loved the feeling of optimism about the club, something I've not felt that often in my time. So for me, Lambert has already delivered more than I could have hoped. He's given me the best season I've experienced as a City fan, so he owes me nothing more. I hope he stays for a long, long time, but if he does go, I will wish him very well indeed. No matter where he goes.

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    Saturday Skin

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • As exciting as Solskjaer's exploits have been at Molde (who?) it does seem a bit of a step to Villa. I would have thought that the Molde board would be a good addition to the Tractor Boys plough.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • NEWSFLASH: Delia's private jet "L3T5 B AV1N U" seen on the bit of waste ground near Portaloo Rd ( Oh my mistake the bit of waste ground IS Portaloo Rd) . We suspect another large consignment of greasy pies being delivered to a Mr. P. Jowel.... King Paul Lambo is going nowhere !

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    Timbo

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Airplane N85DN ( Aston Villa`s privat yet ) landed yesterday evening at Kvernberget airport in Kristiansund Norway!!!! Roomers say that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be on board in this plane back to Birmingham Friday morning.

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    malmocanary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Also..with lambert starting to make important decisions like letting players go and generally get on with it, surely that says he's here for another season at least!

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • LOL Pondy Hansen and Lawrenson for Liverpool! To be a pundit you don't actually have to do anything.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Lambo Is God - I totally agree (with the comment and the username) .. Those 4 or 5 teams are the only one's he would go to. And luckily for us they're all doing well.. except villa. But like you say I don't think he'll be attracted to Villa.

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    MancCanary

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Linneker: "Do you think Lawrenson is good enough for the Liverpool job?" Holt: "No.....no".

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    Admiral F

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Excellent snooping Malmocanary! I checked it out and that is indeed Randy Lerner's private Falcoln jet. As NCFC does not have a private jet we can come and go with impunity at lower division airports looking for new recruits.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Nice one Admiral F! Comment delivered in an abrupt and dismissive manner with just the hint of a sneer and the patronising elevation of an eyebrow. Do you think Hansen is good enough for the Liverpool job"? .... Who?? At least Shearer proved he wasn`t up to it at Newcastle, before he took the soft option of highly paid sofa-sitting with a bit of cliche dispensing thrown in. Waste of BBC licence payers` money, the three of them. Oops - Timbo & Swiss said most of that already!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Pleased that Solskjaer is the new favourite for the Aston Villa job but would have rather heard that Mr Lambert had pledged himself to Norwich City for another season. If it was Liverpool calling, we would understand and wish Paul well - but not Villa.

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    Meds

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Lerner's private jet surely has been sent to pick up Solskjaer, and take him back to Birmingham :) There's no hint of a detour to Norwich, to pick up lord Lambert. Let's hope that's the end of it, and we can look forward to pre season signings and a fantastic 2012-13 season in the premier!

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Good news but is it really credible?

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Many a true word spoken in jest chaps- if Hansen is as good as he thinks he is, one question to him; Why aren't you managing a club yourself Jock? Anyone can sit in a comfy chair @ the TV licence payer's expense + offer opinions ...

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    Timbo

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • malmo, this sudden Nordic invasion is a bit reminiscent of the fabled lemmings diving into the fjords thing. I wonder if they`re trying to oust the Scots from their dominant position in Premiership management? At least they`re easier to understand. :-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Newswires have it that Martinez has permission from Wigan "to talk to Liverpool".Villa are reported to be deciding next week.Let's hope the money for him is well placed.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Shalom Brewer !

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    Timbo

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • I said I`d be back. There IS a Norwegian Conspiracy. First Stale Solbakken at Wolves, now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Villa. And that other guy, Kris Hujkaan at Birmingham. Those "Brummies" are gonna have one hell of a learning curve when they trade Nordic insults in the Chumpionship. Mercia has clearly bought in to the Scandinavian Scene. Perhaps it`s all they can affjord (reprise!).

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Looks like this one is over. Olé, Olé, Olé says no to Aniston Vanilla very quickly. Clearly something was not right.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • I want Henri Lansbury back, I thought he was great and talk about verstaile, in February Robert Green was sent off and Sam Allardyce did not have a second keeper in the squad so Lansbury came on as keeper and West Ham eventually beat Blackpool 4-1.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Just cannot get through. Agree, Swiss. Nice one, Timbo! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Nice one, Timbo! Yes, Swiss, let`s be `avin` "Angela" Lansbury back. In his first game (a 4-1 thrashing of 1p5wich @ the Carra) he looked like he`d been in the team for ages. Set up Holty`s first goal, too and generally minced the Donkeys` midfielders. Trouble is, what are his wage expectations? He`s still an Arsenal player and I expect he`s doing OK on loan at West Ham. But if Big Sam`s boys fail to get past Olly`s Blackpool in the play-off final, I`m sure he`ll want Prem football next season.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Lambert won't go to Liverpool - they will need to get a far bigger name than one from (in their eyes) lowly Norwich, who has only spent 1 year in the Premier and has no experience managing foreign players with big ego's! They will go for someone like Benitez, AVB or the like. But what sort of teams WOULD interest Lambert and vice versa? Personally, I think Sunderland, Everton, Newcastle and Villa are realistically the only 4 teams where I could see him going at this moment, given his current experience. All 4 have the potential to attract 40k + crowds and are bigger clubs than Norwich at this time (taking off my Canary-tinted spectacles) but are not (as a rule) of the top 6 variety who demand the really big names. We can wipe out Villa for the time being due to the mess they are in, so as long as the other 3 do not lose their managers anytime soon, I really cannot see Lambert going anywhere at this moment.

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    Adams is God

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • I would have thought that Everton and Newcastle would be very happy with their Gaffers at the moment. Both have done really well without spending hugely and even though Sunderland have been up and down with MO'N, he held them steady and ditching him now must be a red flag to PL. The difference between us and Swansea is that Lambo has rolling contract and Mr Rodgers is on a 3 year. I hoped that was going to be addressed earlier in the season, not a good signal for him or us.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • I think Hansen and Lawrenson would make a great management team. There`s a Punch & Judy franchise on offer in Felixstowe or, failing that, a few tanning and hair-replacement establishments. There`s no shortage of verbal manure, though. So they must not say anything.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • I said before that Lambert was just being his normal non commital self when interviewed after the Villa game. Don't read too much into what he said. As for Solskjaer, it would be a good move for him as he is another circling for the Utd job when Sir Alex retires.

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    Preston Canary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

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