Solskjaer Flattered By Villa Interest

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Ole GunnerOle Gunner Solskjaer has admitted he is flattered to be under consideration for the manager's job at Aston Villa, at the same time saying he expects competition from other candidates. Solskjaer flew to Birmingham via private jet on Friday to meet the Villa board, which would suggest talks are at an advanced stage, but the former Manchester United man is taking nothing for granted.

Solskjaer (2/5 Next Villa Manager), currently managing Norwegian side Molde, commented: "It is always flattering. When I was a footballer and United wanted to buy me I was flatered. Players want to be on the highest level and it's the same with me as manager. It may well be that two, three names will sound more interesting than mine and then maybe the mood turns."

Solskjaer is not the only manager on Villa's radar since the position was vacated following the sacking of Alex McLeish, who oversaw a dreadful season for the club that saw them miss relegation by a whisker. Norwich manager Paul Lambert (8/1 Next Manager) is also thought to be in frame, having guided Norwich to a safe mid-table position, but the Canaries are thought to be reluctant to lose him.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez (9/1 Next Villa Manager) is another name that has been linked to Villa Park, however, there is growing speculation that he could be on the way to Anfield and Liverpool, so any move to Villa could hinge on the breakdown of any talks with Liverpool.


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