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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Solskjaer out of Villa frame - reports

ESPN staff

Molde coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ruled himself out of the running to be the next Aston Villa manager, according to widespread reports.

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Solskjaer, 39, has been in talks with Villa over their vacant managerial post following Alex McLeish's sacking this month.

The former Manchester United forward had been the bookmakers' favourite for the post, having impressed at Molde where he led the club to their first league title.

But, according to a number of media outlets including the Birmingham Mail, Solskjaer has opted to remain as boss of Molde, meaning Villa must review their options for McLeish's replacement.

"Solskjaer is no longer an alternative for Aston Villa. He has said no for family reasons," a Villa spokesman told Norway's TV2 Sport on Tuesday evening.

Initial reports in Norway suggested Solskjaer had decided to no longer be considered for the post for family reasons, although official confirmation of his decision is yet to be forthcoming.

"We will soon announce what the future holds," Solskjaer was quoted as saying. "You will know soon enough."

Villa owner Randy Lerner will now have to look elsewhere for his next manager, with Norwich City boss Paul Lambert and Wigan's Roberto Martinez both considered strong contenders.

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