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Solskjaer is also in the running

02/06/2013 | Comments (46)
The Sunday Times claims that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in the running to be Everton's next manager. The paper reports that Bill Kenwright is determined to be thorough in examining options and Solskjaer is one of several options being considered.

Kenwright has not yet met Solskjaer, who is in the middle of a league season with his club Molde, in Norway, but the former Manchester United striker is aware of Everton's interest and sees managing the Merseyside club as an inviting challenge.

Solskjaer rejected an approach from Stoke when they were seeking a replacement for Tony Pulis — Mark Hughes was appointed on Thursday — and has previously rebuffed Aston Villa and Blackburn.

Elsewhere, the Daily Star's lame assertion that Harry Redknapp is in the frame likely only benefits the bookies.

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Jimmy Sørheim
388 Posted 02/06/2013 at 15:07:34
Yes please!!!!!!! This guy is a winner through and through and we need him to build a top youth team for the future. He is up to the task and can deliver results as well.

I would be ecstatic if we got Solskjaer, since he rebuffed Villa and Stoke it becomes even better, and it proves that Everton is above the rest of the best.

I feel sure that Solskjaer can do just as well as Moyes, but he can do even better than Moyes in the League Cup and FA Cup, he is a natural winner and a former top striker who knows what is needed to be a winning team.

Come on, Bill Kenwright, hire Solskjaer and you will have done Everton the world of good!

Terry Rice
389 Posted 02/06/2013 at 15:12:59
Where does all this shit come from???
Steve Jones
391 Posted 02/06/2013 at 15:15:28
Bookies mostly... trying to wring a few more punts out of those soft enough to stump up on a Kenwright decision!
Ross Edwards
393 Posted 02/06/2013 at 15:23:44
This is a load of rubbish. As this is going to drag on for a few more days the bookies are going to have a good week. I wouldn't be suprised if we get some Redknapp or more Bilic rumours. I just want BK to get this done and announced.
Colin Glassar
397 Posted 02/06/2013 at 15:36:21
This is becoming the BK reality show now. I bet it's him that's leaking all these names before he unveils Pip and Weir as his new management team.
Jamie Carroll
400 Posted 02/06/2013 at 15:44:45
Tony Marsh is right: it is looking like a smokescreen for Pip to get the gig.
Kevin Tully
401 Posted 02/06/2013 at 15:39:14
Col, that's exactly what I'm beginning to think about this whole process.

"I have interviewed thirty seven candidates for this position, and not one of them came close to convincing me they are the right man for this great club more than Philip. He has a vision to take this club into the future, and for Everton to win the League by 2056."

Cue bottom lip quivering, wiping a tear away under his glasses, and me on the phone to the box office.

Alex Mullan
403 Posted 02/06/2013 at 15:45:25
Does anyone actually realise that Solskjaer's current Molde side are in the RELEGATION zone in the Norwegian league??

12 games in - 2nd bottom.

James Stewart
404 Posted 02/06/2013 at 15:50:03
Non starter
Ross Edwards
406 Posted 02/06/2013 at 15:53:04
I wouldn't be suprised if BK appointed himself as manager.
Paul Dark
410 Posted 02/06/2013 at 16:07:57
No, thank you.
Mike Hall
422 Posted 02/06/2013 at 16:32:59
I don't know why anyone listens to newspaper journalists; they don't know anything about football outside the Sky 4.
Denis Richardson
431 Posted 02/06/2013 at 16:29:17
Bookies rarely get these things wrong and Martinez is still by far the clear favourite, despite all the other names being touted.
Gavin Wadeson
440 Posted 02/06/2013 at 17:02:00
Denis (431)

It'd be almost impossible for the bookies to get this one wrong. It was only a couple of weeks ago, they literally had a different favourite for each day of the week.

John House
442 Posted 02/06/2013 at 17:11:53
Can someone tell me why Neil Lennon has been in the top 4 with the bookies for the whole time since it was announced Moyes was leaving? I know you shouldn't take too much notice of the odds but I' totally confused. Either people are consistently putting money on him or I'm missing something. I don't think for one second he was ever in the running so why are people placing bets??
Arild Andersen
443 Posted 02/06/2013 at 17:06:24
For God's sake, no! You must be joking.

It is true that Solskjær has won the Norwegian league twice with Molde, but in both seasons the opposition hardly got back to back wins at all, and Norway's best team Rosenborg were in transition and a complete shambles.

This season has been a disaster for Molde and after 12 matches they are in the relegation zone. It's the first time in his managerial career that he is really struggling, and I think that how he copes will say a lot about his true abilities as a manager.

So far it's not looking good, there's no stability in the team and he has gone all sir Alex and started to boycott journalists and so on. He does not look ready for the PL, and – if my memory is correct – once revealed to Norwegian press that he was a red as a kid.
Rangnick please, Bill.

Steve Jones
444 Posted 02/06/2013 at 17:14:33
Alex 403

Yep Molde are down there right now, but, thats after their top scorer got poached for the Chinese league and the keystone of their defence left to join Southampton. Its not like Solskjaer suddenly forgot how to manage after 2 league titles.

Academic point of course as it wont be him by this stage.

Ross Edwards
445 Posted 02/06/2013 at 17:33:01
No, I agree Steve. It's a bit like us after losing Baines, Fellaini and Mirallas.
Jimmy Salt
458 Posted 02/06/2013 at 18:13:30
I'm so sick of all this speculation now and on me hols in Spain with nothing else to read!

I just want Everton to announce the new manager so we can all get on with saying how we were right / wrong about who we thought it would be be, who we are going to sell / buy? You get the gist.

Ged Simpson
462 Posted 02/06/2013 at 18:29:16
Jimmy – just make up a story you heard in a Spanish bar. Will be about as credible as the press and all of us on TW can all kick off again. Will amuse you and we can do pages of assessment.
Colin Wainwright
466 Posted 02/06/2013 at 18:40:27
"I wouldn't be suprised if BK appointed himself as manager. "

Jesus Christ, Ross. My little black heart would fuckin' explode.

Bjørn-Ivar Pedersen
482 Posted 02/06/2013 at 19:13:24
This is just bullshit, and besides I am not keen on him, like I said somewhere else we should not become a manager school for manu.
No let's go for Pereira or Rangnick.
Andrew Yates
484 Posted 02/06/2013 at 19:18:19
I'm surprised Richard Gough's name hasn't been thrown into the ring! But I'm not sure about Ole, he seems to have been building a reputation for the last couple of years, but can he cut the mustard!??
Bill Gall
486 Posted 02/06/2013 at 19:06:45
More rubbish from the media. Two weeks ago I wrote that unless Martinez decided to stay at Wigan he would be Evertons next manager and even as I still believe this I hope B.K. proves me wrong.
All this talk about listening to the fans is just a load of crap and our chairman saying he has interviewed a number of candidates on a list is, just him trying to justify his desition when he appoints Martinez.
Is it true that the german R.Rangnick is denying he spoke to any one at Evertom.
Sid Logan
487 Posted 02/06/2013 at 19:31:58
Bill, Martinez is in the top 3 in terms of ToffeeWeb support. So if it his him you can't claim Kenwright has not listened to supporters!
Al Philby
488 Posted 02/06/2013 at 19:34:14
Yes, Bill Gall, the story was hogwash from the very beginning. These rumours have now been denied by Rangnick himself. Time now for a rain dance around the totem of Solskjaer.

"What is written in the media should not be taken seriously." (R. Rangnick)

Alex Mullan
489 Posted 02/06/2013 at 19:40:26
Steve 444,

If Solskjaer is struggling to cope with the loss of two key players, a selling club like Everton is not what he needs. Also, it seems to prove he was not up to the task of replacing them. I don't know anything about Molde's transfer policy or dealings so I will just make that assumption.

I don't believe he has forgotten how to manage overnight either, but going from league champion to league fodder 'overnight' is a bit of a drastic turn of events, two key players missing or not (there are plenty of others in a team). He needs to go to the championship or League 1, Di Canio style, to prove himself instead of being linked with us. Saying that, he has way more credentials than any of the internal candidates, which makes me shudder.

Lenny Kingman
490 Posted 02/06/2013 at 19:37:54
When I worked at Man Airport we were trying to get away a SAS jet. We waited and waited and then the rampie told us the hold up was because a VIP was in transit but snarled on the M56.Oh yeah I thought cynically. Eventually the little turd icon shows up and whoopee back to the smoko room we went.

Aside from that I would see him as another instrumentalist in the ever continuing concerto being played from OT toward their perceived feeder club. No way Ole if you please.

Colin Glassar
491 Posted 02/06/2013 at 19:50:16
Ollie's heart is set on man u. He might be there (OT)in December.
Phil Sammon
494 Posted 02/06/2013 at 20:09:57

I have absolutely no idea what you are on about.

Lenny Kingman
498 Posted 02/06/2013 at 20:11:38

Thats ok. Just chill out and have a sandwich as another Ollie used to say (cue same reply as before)

Tom Bowers
499 Posted 02/06/2013 at 20:26:41
Seems like whomever gets appointed will be on a hiding to nothing from many fans.
Everyone has their own opinion and until the man who is brought in begins to make a positive difference the jury will remain out.
For me Premiership pedigree and after that any worthwhile pedigree takes preference.
Solksjaer does not fit that bill as yet.
Bill Gall
504 Posted 02/06/2013 at 21:03:20
Sid 487 Yes I am aware that Martinez was one of the names that supporters voted on but my point is that he was not favorite for the position by the supporters, he was only favorite with the media.
Liam Young
515 Posted 02/06/2013 at 22:01:18
No chance, I do not want to see Solksjaer at everton, enough with the united cast offs, we are EVERTON, not that red shite from manchester!!!.

Vitor Pereira or Ralf Ragnick. Either one of those is the correct choice.

Gavin Ramejkis
517 Posted 02/06/2013 at 22:09:09
The longer this whole Calamity Kenshite pantomime drags on the more I worry the sneaky snake oil salesman is making all the media sounds only to come out with a totally downbeat and cheap and nasty internal appointment. He'll then trumpet some bollocks about a long and hard search but he knows best for Everton and play the Evertonian card from him making a deflated balloon announcement.
Karl Masters
525 Posted 02/06/2013 at 22:24:53
I agree, Gavin. It's becoming a bit of a farce, although as usual with Everton, nothing is simple and we have to suffer a pantomime of truths, half truths and bullshit in what should be a straightforward enough process.

You can't help wondering what game BK is playing this time. Maybe Philip Green has to rubber stamp the appointment?

Carl Sanderson
549 Posted 02/06/2013 at 23:47:45
Paddy Power have closed the book on Martinez; the other "candidates" are now 20-1 or longer.

There we are, then.

Kevin Tully
552 Posted 02/06/2013 at 23:53:06
Carl, just before this contraption ran out, I was about to post my thoughts.

I think Bill & co. have ran rings around us all concerning the new man. Martinez is the only candidate who has actually shown his hand. We haven't heard a peep from anyone else. Today, Rangnik has denied any contact, Pereira's camp have not substantiated any rumours reports etc. In fact, Sky are camped everywhere in London, and Pereira hasn't even been spotted in the country or at G.P.

The only thing we have known for sure, is that MartInez has thrown his hand in at Wigan, something he never did when the shite & Villa were after him. He doesn't seem the type to alienate his loyal support at Wigan, unless there was something concrete on the table.

The club are quite happy to let us believe they are interviewing 25 possibles, why deny anything? It only makes them look more diligent.

I am happy with Martinez in the big chair, I think he will have the respect of the first team, and he has actually won something. He will definitely give us decent value in the transfer market, and has contacts in Europe.

Harold Matthews
565 Posted 03/06/2013 at 00:20:30
Probably Martinez but it's looking like a split decision.
Ian Black
570 Posted 03/06/2013 at 00:04:12
What worries me is that there isn't a single outstanding candidate for the job.

The fan-base is divided and have been effectively kettled by the media and bookies into believing it's between one of three candidates and of them three, one candidate just doesn't stand out to the majority of fans (hence the tight TW poll results). To be honest, I can see why; we're being asked to consider a smiley bloke who has just won a cup but got his team relegated and two blokes who, without the benefits of Google or an encyclopedic knowledge of European football, are somehow contenders who we have been casting our Sauron-like eye on for the last few years, I can honestly say I haven't got any justifiable preference between any of them three and I think a lot of fans are as bemused as me. Up until a few weeks ago I'd never heard of Rangnick or Perriera and don't really feel as though my ignorance is to my detriment as neither have stood out on the European stage (I class standing out as winning stuff).

What we would ideally like is an up and coming blue-blooded guy with fresh ideas and methods to come in and take the club forward, but sadly there is no-one out there who fits that bill (don't even mention in-house), so we're left to 'take what's going'. Whoever we get is a wildcard so let's all just get behind the guy and give him some breathing space... at least until after the Anfield derby in the second half of the season... if we win there and we're also in the relegation zone then the MOB's heads will explode.

Ste Palin
604 Posted 03/06/2013 at 09:07:13
I think we should make a move for Laudrup. He's fed up there according to the South Wales Post — not getting him the players he wants in. We have a lot more quality players plus a few quid to spend. Must be worth a punt.
JImmy Sørheim
749 Posted 03/06/2013 at 14:40:30
We keep reading about Martinez, and a few others, but I do not understand why Everton cannot afford to hire someone better than Moyes. I mean, come on... Moyes was on £4 million a year, that is Arsene Wenger territory. How come he is not being approached for this job?

Maybe Wenger is a little out there, but many top candidates are possible and I have heard almost none linked to Everton and that disturbs me. Get a manager in who has come far in the Champions League, and who has also won the Premier League before in his time.

Martinez has not won any league, yet he is being thrown around as a "top manager" by his old chairman and others. What a bunch of huffing and puffing, just like a blowfish, to make him seem larger than he is. Just because Liverpool were after him does not mean we have to stoop as low.

My biggest problem is the lack of a winners' mentality on the executive and board level at Everton. It needs to change, or we will revert quickly back to Walter Smith times... or even worse – someone like Gary Megson.

Why do Everton aim for a lower qualified manager, when we just had David Moyes? I guess I cannot understand the club's logic here.

Carl Sanderson
779 Posted 03/06/2013 at 15:18:59
Jimmy 749:

The following tells you all you need to know:

"Everton began with a list of about 30 names and have interviewed internal candidates, turning their attentions to out-of-work managers or those whose contracts are expiring - like Pereira - before lastly sounding out those currently working at clubs."

So they are looking at the cost-free options before bothering with contracted candidates. This chimes will everything one hears about Kenwright's miserly ways.

There is an amateurish, losing mentality about Everton that has stuck with us for virtually the entire Premier League era. Until Kenwright sells up and fucks off that will not change.

Shane Corcoran
785 Posted 03/06/2013 at 15:35:28
Carl, where did you get the part in commas?
Andrew Laird
812 Posted 03/06/2013 at 16:24:15
The cadaver of Brian Clough 500/1
(adopts Ray Winstone's dan sarf accent) have a bang on that!

The longer this goes on the less I care about it, I think Kim Jong Bill is making sure the media do all his work for him in highlighting manager's names he either has not considered or never has or would interview, all the while placating the fans into thinking these names are realistic candidates.

The media are making out that Bill has some sort of forward thinking plan in place for the appointment, his entire Everton tenure as chairman makes me think otherwise. Lets face it, Bill doesn't do "planning" in any sense of the word.

Get ready for Alan 'Industrial, blue blooded' Stubbs..... wow!

Ross Edwards
884 Posted 03/06/2013 at 19:05:44
Before Carl says that the bookies have "closed the book", didn't many bookies suspend betting on Moyes being Villa manager 3 years ago, and then the odds on 'Arry being England manager last year?

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