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Former Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer misses out on Besiktas job

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Former Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer misses out on Besiktas job

Ole Gunnar Solskjær misses out on return to football management

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has missed out on a return to football management.

The former Man United boss was being heavily linked to Turkish Süper Lig side Beşiktaş in recent weeks, only for the Black Eagles to finalise upon Giovani van Bronckhorst instead.

The former Rangers boss was confirmed as the new Beşiktaş coach by Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano.

Romano confirming Van Bronckhorst's arrival at Beşiktaş via X (formerly Twitter)
Romano confirming Van Bronckhorst’s arrival at Beşiktaş via X (formerly Twitter)

Solskjær has been out of football management ever since getting the sack from Man United in November 2021.

To date, he remains the only United manager to have delivered the Red Devils back-to-back op four finishes in the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement back in 2013.

The Solskjær-to-Beşiktaş links arrived shortly after another former United manager, José Mourinho, was confirmed as boss of rival İstanbul club Fenerbahçe.

Oh, what could have been!

The Süper Lig is known widely for its fiery fan culture and incendiary football in more ways than one.

One can’t wait to see Mourinho in action in Turkey, but imagine what the narratives would have been like had Solskjær joined him there. United fans would have been torn among themselves over whom to cheer for, but all would have tuned in to watch what is already a very hotly-contested local derby.

Now that he’s missed out on another managerial gig, the options keep shrinking for the Norwegian. Few gave him any chance of getting another topflight opportunity after United; many believe he should not have been handed the Old Trafford seat in the first place.

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The managerial seats of either the men’s or women’s national football teams of Norway feel like the likeliest route back into management for Solskjær.