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Solskjaer's sights are set on Swansea

OLE Gunnar Solskjaer wasted little time in trying to win over the Cardiff supporters by setting his sights on finishing above local rivals Swansea in the Premier League table.

Solskjaer, 40, was presented to the media yesterday having succeeded Malky Mackay as Bluebirds' boss just six days after the Scot was sacked.

Mackay's dismissal, after a series of disputes with owner Vincent Tan, had caused uproar among Cardiff fans but many are pleased by the decision to bring in former Manchester United striker and Molde coach Solskjaer.

Solskjaer takes over at a side who are just one point and one place above the drop zone.

Such is the tight nature of the bottom half of the table, Cardiff are only three points behind Swansea.


Survival remains Cardiff's priority but Solskjaer sees no reason why the Bluebirds cannot finish ahead of their neighbours.

"Short-term it is important we start getting points," said the Norwegian.

"But the most important thing is we start getting performances again, then you have the long-term plan.

"I would like us to finish above Swansea. They've almost gone forward as a little bit of a role model, Southampton as well.

"But let's make sure we get above Swansea. I know that will be important for everyone here."