His achievements on field and conduct off field mean you will generally only hear people talking about him in a positive light. The love United fans have for him was evident during the 06/07 season when he finally made his comeback from injury and scored against Blackburn in March 2007.
He retired at the end of that season and signalled his intention to become a coach and for the 07-08 season he helped coach strikers for the first team then became coach of the reserves in the summer of 2008. His appointment has been an undoubted success as he has won the league as well as trophies in his time in the role.
Whilst reserve coach he was approached to become manager of his national team Norway, an opportunity he turned down as he felt he wasn’t ready for it yet but with further experience since then it looks like Ole is going to be leaving Old Trafford to become the manager of his former team Molde.
After appearing in Norweigan paper, Aftenposten that he would be unveiled as Molde manager on Tuesday, various branches of the British media are reporting that Ole is ‘quitting’ Old Trafford but with the love that exists between the club and him a worse word choice couldn’t have been possible.
Ole is a young coach learning his trade and whilst managing the reserves at Old Trafford is no simple role he will need to go out and really get his hands dirty at various other levels and teams to improve. He has been touted as a future United manager so why not let him go out and get as much experience now now ahead of his potential appointment?
Ole has been here for nearly 15 years so there is no hard feelings or malice as some of these supposed purveyors of news will have you believe. The Busby Way and myself personally would like to wish Ole the best of luck and hopefully one day we will see the legend back at the club again.