World Football

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘rejected two offers’ from Saudi clubs

Rajarshi ShuklaRajarshi Shukla

September 20 2023
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United Norway women's team

Solskjaer is back working as a UEFA technical observer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly was offered jobs at Saudi clubs but the former Manchester United decided to turn them down as he begins his new role in UEFA.

After embarking on a new position as a UEFA technical observer, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is returning to the game, but he is still eager to return to management.

50-year-old Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left Manchester United in November 2021 and has avoided the media spotlight ever since. The legendary Old Trafford manager from Norway recently declined the chance to lead the Norway Women’s football team and has previously shown an interest in returning to the dugout.

The former striker later decided to go a different direction when he first returned to the sport. In the upcoming months, he will have the chance to attend Champions League games in person thanks to his new position with UEFA.

While Solskjaer wants to return to management, the proper opportunity has not yet presented itself. He admits that he just declined two hefty Saudi Arabian job offers, although he is open to overseeing abroad.

Speaking to The Athletic, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains: “I’m doing a lot of coaching, four times per week, and we have three teams. I’m helping the kids, who enjoy it. You see a different side to football, the grassroots – except it’s all plastic pitches here. You see the brightness in their eyes, they listen to you, they want to learn.

I’ve had offers [to return]. Most recently, two from Saudi Arabia. My best mate, who is also my agent, sifts through them. If you’ve managed Man United, you put your own criteria about what you want to work with.”

“I love England and the Premier League. Even the Championship feels stronger than ever, but I don’t feel bound to England. Maybe a different challenge where I need to experience a new culture and learn a new language.

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