Norway’s Molde Football Club has also decided to have its caretaker manager take over on a full-time basis, to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjær who went from caretaker to boss at Manchester United. Erling Moe, who’s been filling in during Solskjær’s absence, now just needs a contract himself.
“I’m glad on Ole Gunnar’s behalf,” Moe told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), and also for himself although he so far lacks a firm agreement. Molde will also receive financial compensation from Manchester United for the loss of Solskjær, who’d been head coach for one of the top-league clubs where he grew up since 2015.
Sports journalist Nick Harris, who specializes in covering the money behind sports, has reported that Molde will receive around GBP 7 million (NOK 80 million) from Manchester United, equal to the reported annual pay Solskjær will receive in Manchester. That amount is also, Harris noted, twice as much as Molde has ever received for the sale of any player.
Molde officials wouldn’t confirm any amounts, only that the club will receive compensation and that it’s satisfied with the amount. Øystein Neerland, manging director of Molde FK, told NRK that details hadn’t been finalized yet but he expected they would be by Friday morning.
“It’s important for us to get some clarification as to whether he (Solskjær) would become full-time manager,” Neerland said, who’s been fielding almost daily calls from international media over whether Solskjær would be returning to Molde. “It’s good to not have so much speculation any longer from around the world.”
Neerland was also very happy for Solskjær: “Ole Gunnar has always had a dream of coaching Manchester United. It’s a bit surprising that he has done so well, but not very surprising. Ole Gunnar is himself. I think he’s good with players and good at getting the best out of them. He also has lots of football competence at a very high level.”
Moe also claimed he had no idea how much compensation Molde will be getting for Solskjær, but said he’s spoken with him on Wednesday and congratulated him, before the news broke on Thursday. He said that seeing his colleague be plucked up by Manchester United was “extremely fun,” and that everyone in Møre og Romsdal (the region where Molde is located and where Solskjær is from) “could be proud today.”