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Former Man United manager ‘close’ to becoming new manager of Besiktas

Published at :June 5, 2024 at 10:28 PM
Modified at :June 5, 2024 at 10:28 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla

Besiktas finished in sixth place in the Super Lig last season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the verge of becoming Besiktas’ next manager according to ESPN.

The Turkish side and the former Manchester United manager are in negotiations. Although a contract hasn’t been finalised yet, insiders say Besiktas are optimistic that one may be reached.

Following his departure from United in November 2021, Solskjaer has not had a job. The Manchester club had finished in the top four in 2020 and 2021 under his leadership.

United advanced to the UEFA Europa League final, where they were defeated by Villarreal on penalties, after finishing second in the Premier League in 2021 behind champions Manchester City.

After parting ways with former Portugal manager Fernando Santos in April, Besiktas are currently searching for a new manager. Before Santos was chosen, Besiktas had made contact with Solskjaer in January.

The Turkish team, 46 points behind champions Galatasaray, concluded the Super Lig season in sixth place. Their most recent Turkish championship was won in 2021.

Since leaving Old Trafford, Solskjaer has declined a number of positions with clubs and the national teams. Before Jesse Marsch’s appointment as head coach of Canada in May, he was connected to the position.

Following Jose Mourinho’s appointment as manager of Fenerbahce, Solskjaer will face another former United boss in Turkey if he takes the Besiktas position. After Mourinho was fired as United manager at Old Trafford in December 2018, Solskjaer assumed his position.

Mourinho won the Carabao Cup and the Europa League in 2017 during his little over two-year tenure at United.

After managing United, Molde and Cardiff City, Solskjaer will take on his fourth managerial position if the agreement goes through with Besiktas. As a player, he played for United for 11 years, tallying 126 goals in 366 contests.

Ten significant awards were won by Solskjaer during those days, including the 1999 Champions League and six Premier League championships.

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