Solskjaer to take up the reserve reins
Posted by nickogs20 on May 20, 2008
While the focus of every United fan is on some trifling game in Russia tomorrow evening, Sir Alex’s pre-match press conference in Moscow offered one tantalising morsel of information about next season and the reserve setup. Quizzed on the coaching progress of the winning goalscorer in the Reds’ last European Cup Final, Fergie revealed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take the next step in his coaching career by managing the United reserve team next season.
Ole has spent his first season on the coaching staff working with the first team, specifically with the forwards. Taking the reins of the reserve side next season will be a key part of Ole’s development as a coach and his progress towards full coaching qualifications, and Sir Alex also thinks the experience will enable Ole to make a more informed decision about whether his future lies in coaching or management.
“A lot depends on Ole. If he wants to remain a coach, fine, he might want to someday become a manager which is fine with me also and it just shows you the ambition of him, but he is doing very well and we are very pleased.
“He has the right character, the right patience to be a coach and it is one of the qualities we forget with coaching is patience, and he has got that in abundance. He will do well.”
How Ole’s appointment as reserve team manager impacts the current reserve management team of Brian McClair and Jim Ryan is unknown as yet. McClair’s appointment as reserve manager was only meant to be a temporary measure following Rene Meulensteen’s departure in 2006, and I’d expect him to step aside and concentrate solely on his role as Academy Director. Ryan may well follow suit and devote all his time to his role as Director of Youth Football, although it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him remain in place to assist Solskjaer. Alternatively, another coach (perhaps the aforementioned Meulensteen) might be installed to help the Norwegian.