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Solskjaer has Cardiff vision

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he came to Cardiff City with a clear understanding that he would run the club and has thanked owner Vincent Tan for his support as he bids to prove the doubters wrong and avoid relegation.

Solskjaer took charge at the Cardiff City Stadium in January following Tan's widely criticised decision to sack Malky Mackay, who had steered the club to promotion from the Championship.

The Norwegian insists that he would not have taken the job if he did not think he would have full control over team affairs and has paid tribute to Tan for what the owner has done for the club.

"Football's all about opinions. People can disagree, as long as they don't work in the same club as me," Solskjaer told the Daily Telegraph.

"When we're in the same club, we've got to have one vision. In football, you're not better than your weakest link.

"I came in with a clear vision, and a clear understanding that I would run the football club. I don't think many managers would take a job and do it someone else's way.

"He [Tan] is very supportive of his manager. He knows that to get success, you need to trust your manager. He's backed the club with however many millions, and he's fantastic for Cardiff City."

It was claimed last week that Cardiff's starting line-up had been leaked to Crystal Palace before the Eagles' recent 3-0 win, and captain Steven Caulker suggested there had been similar problems throughout the season.

Asked about the situation, Solksjaer said: "Well, we have issues. All football clubs have issues, and they deal with them."

Cardiff have slipped deeper into the relegation battle since Solskjaer was appointed but a 1-0 victory over Southampton on Saturday revived their hopes of staying up.

They are now just three points from safety with four games remaining and Solskjaer is determined to defy the critics, having shown throughout his playing career that he has the stomach for a fight.

"I had that resilience over my career," he explained. "I was on the bench quite a few times for Manchester United, and I always want to prove people wrong when they doubt me.

"If I read in the papers that I've been criticised, that I'm not the right man, it gives me more energy. Coming from behind. I like that situation."

As somebody who enjoys triumphing over adversity, Solskjaer is confident that Cardiff can stay in the Premier League against the odds.

"Your desire to succeed must be bigger than the fear of failure," he said.

"And success for us is to stay up in the Premier League. We've still got that chance."