Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cites "difference in philosophy" for Cardiff City departure

Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks on before kick off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Cardiff City at Craven Cottage on August 30, 2014
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thanks Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan and chairman Mehmet Dalman for their support following the announcement of his departure.

Outgoing Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that he left the Championship side due to a "difference in philosophy" with the club's hierarchy.

The 41-year-old stepped down from his position at the Bluebirds this afternoon following nine months in South Wales.

Solskjaer thanked owner Vincent Tan and chairman Mehmet Dalman for their support during his stint at the Cardiff City Stadium, but cited a disputation in playing style as the reason why he left.

"I want to thank Vincent for giving me the opportunity to manage Cardiff City FC," the former Molde boss said. "He has my full respect and I really wish him all the best in his pursuit of making this football club successful.

"However, our difference in philosophy on how to manage the club made me decide to step aside and allow the club to move forward in the direction Vincent wants.

"I leave the club with some very talented players and want to thank them for their efforts and hope to see them challenge for promotion this season. I also want to thank Mehmet Dalman for his continued and loyal support and feel I have gained a new friend."

Cardiff are on a four-game winless run in the Championship which has seen them drop down to 17th place in the league table.

Dundee United manager Paul Hartley was linked with the vacant position, but the Scottish Premiership outfit were quick to quash reports.

Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks on before kick off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Cardiff City at Craven Cottage on August 30, 2014
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