The Turkish club has reportedly began conversations with Solskjaer, foreshadowing a potential return to management for the Norwegian.
Besiktas presently finds themselves in a hard situation, sitting fifth in the Super Lig table and facing a losing skid in domestic competitions this month.
Their recent problems include losses to Alanyaspor and Fenerbahce, coupled with a 5-0 defeat at home against Club Brugge in the Europa Conference League. Despite these setbacks, they managed to record a 2-0 victory against Lugano on the final matchday to finish third in their group.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer began his managing career by overseeing Manchester United’s Under-21 side in 2008 before heading to coach Molde in Norway three years later. His return to the UK entailed a brief and hard tenure at Cardiff City in 2014, motivating his eventual return to Molde in 2015.
United sought Solskjaer’s services in December 2018 after parting relations with Jose Mourinho. Initially employed as a caretaker manager on a short-term basis, he managed to reverse the team’s fortunes and was formally confirmed as the permanent manager in March 2019.
While hailed for his man-management talents and success in important games, Solskjaer drew criticism for his inability to secure titles throughout his stay.
Despite a high-profile summer in 2021 that saw the acquisitions of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane, and Jadon Sancho, Manchester United failed to match expectations, resulting to Solskjaer’s departure early in the season.
Ralf Rangnick resumed the job of temporary coach for the duration of the 2021/22 campaign, while Erik ten Hag was later named as the club’s new manager in April 2022.
Now, with negotiations apparently started with Besiktas, Solskjaer might find himself back in the managerial hot seat, potentially bringing his expertise and coaching acumen to the Super Lig as he seeks a fresh start in the world of football management.
The outcome of these negotiations will likely be eagerly observed as Solskjaer approaches a new chapter in his management career.