Jones Praised By Solskjaer

Much of Cardiff city’s early season form has been down to the striker Kenwyne Jones, who has scored four goals in his 5 appearances he has made for his new team. The former Stoke City forward has now been praised by Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The 29-year-old has not been playing full 90 minutes during this period and it was not until the 1-1 draw with Fulham last week that he finally accomplished this figure. The battle against the two relegated teams from the Premier League finished as a draw thanks to the equaliser from Jones.

This was after Hoogland had given the home team a lead in the 22nd minute. Jones has been playing for Cardiff since January of last season. However, he had managed only one league goal previously. The new Championship season appears to be bringing the best out of this physical striker. Despite suffering just one defeat in the last five matches, Cardiff are in danger of slipping out of the race for promotion. They are 9th in the table after five matches of the season. The superior form of clubs like Nottingham Forest and Watford already sees Cardiff trailing the leaders by a massive five points.

Solskjaer will be aware that the team needs to find the form quick enough to challenge for automatic promotion spots. “I’m very pleased with how he’s come back this season. He’s finally got his fitness back. We need him in the box, we need him to be a nuisance for defenders because he’s strong and he’s quick. He’s got everything a striker should have. We’ve been working on one deal that we hope to go through, if not my phone is going to be well and truly shut off,” said the Cardiff manager about Jones and his plans to strengthen the squad.


Massimo Cellino is close to taking charge at Leeds United and the prospective owner says that manager Brian McDermott should not be worried about losing his job because he will get the opportunity to prove himself under his regime. Leeds United are going through troubled times yet again, but the arrival of Cellino promises to bring in a period of good fortune.

However, it will most probably result in the manager McDermott losing his job as is the case with several other takeovers. The former Reading manager has failed to take the club to the Premier league in the first instance. Continue reading CELLINO TAKES OVER AT LEEDS


This is indeed becoming one of the worst seasons ever for Manchester United after they are set to finish outside the top four and also miss out on Champions League football next season. This was after the club were knocked out of the Europe’s Premier competition after suffering a 4-2 defeat on aggregate to Bayern Munich, who have gone from strength to strength in the last five years. David Moyes will be aware that it may even take United a few years to get back into the Champions League.

Meanwhile, midfielder Darren Fletcher says that most of the United squad is fighting for its future and that they need to step up their game in the remaining five matches of the season in order to earn their place in the squad next season. Moyes is expected to make significant changes to the United team with a number of players – especially the older ones – likely to depart. The likes of Patrice Evra and Ferdinand are expected to join Nemanja Vidic, while the future of star names like Ryan Giggs also appears unclear.

Robin van Persie is also linked with a move away from Old Trafford after apparently going tired of Moyes’ tactics. Fletcher only recently made his comeback from a long-term injury, and he is expected to stay.

“It is time to show the manager that you deserve to be at this club. Go and put in performances because the manager will be thinking of next season, no doubt about that. You have to make sure that you are one of the names that he still wants. If you get a chance to play, you have to go and impress the manager and show him that you are capable of being here next year. He will definitely look back on this season,” said Fletcher.


Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that the pep talk from owner Vincent Tan will certainly help the club to help in the remaining 10 matches of the season. It is understood that Cardiff owner Tan made an appearance in the club’s dressing room after their 1-0 defeat against Tottenham. He was not critical of the players for this defeat, but instead said that they had performed admirably well against a top team. Solskjaer says that the involvement from the owner and also the talk he had given to motivate the players will certainly show its benefits from next match.

Cardiff were unlikely to come away with nothing from the visit to White Hart Lane. They were beaten only by a solitary goal from Roberto Soldado. However, it is results that count in this business and Cardiff find themselves very close to the bottom of the table. Since replacing Mackay as the manager of Cardiff, Solskjaer has not been able to produce the kind of results many expected him to do. Cardiff have won only one out of the last five matches. As a result, they already find themselves three points adrift of safety. Further, teams like Crystal Palace, West Brom, and Sunderland have games in hand over Cardiff and could potentially be several points ahead of the bluebirds.

“He’s committed and supportive” he told  ” It’s the first time since I’ve been here, it was a good time. They were pleased to see he came. We all appreciated it. We’re all sticking in it together, that’s the key. If you’re going to get out of this, it’s not one performance, it’s a 10-game run. It’s a 10-game season now. This run-in, it needs every single one of us,” said the former Manchester United player. Cardiff next match will be against fellow relegation rivals Fulham.


Cardiff City’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to boost his relegation side squad with new arrivals in this month. The club has already sealed the signing of the teenage midfielder Mats Moller Daehli from Molde and Magnus Wolff Eikrem from Heerenveen.

The Norwegian coach Solskjaer was appointed as the clubs first team manager at the beginning of the year but he is active and keen on adding more players to the team that is surviving just to stay at the Premier League.

There were rumors involving Manchester United’s duo Zaha and Fabio which claimed that Solskjaer also want to add them to the squad and when asked about the players of David Moyes, Solskjaer responded by saying:

“I can’t say anything on them (Zaha and Fabio) because they are players from Manchester United and I can’t comment on players from other teams,” said Solskjaer. “I am looking at strengthening my squad, but I can’t say names.

“It is not about the number. I will work with the players I have here but if the right one comes up then I will do business like I have with Magnus and Mats.”

The coach of Cardiff City continued on saying that he wants to create a new identity for the club and it is not only about copying or buying players from other clubs.

“We need our own identity, it’s not about emulating or copying anyone else, we want to play football.

“I want to develop Cardiff into a team everyone can be proud of the way they play football. That we can dominate games like we have done at home this season a few times. It’s not about copying anyone else, but obviously I want players I can trust and can play the way I want to.”