Latest Cardiff City news: Giggs on Ole and promotion; Gabbidon delight

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All the latest Cardiff City news including Ryan Giggs's thoughts on Gareth Bale, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Championship fight and Danny Gabbidon returns.

Ryan Giggs has waxed lyrical over the man and manager that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is.

"I speak to Ole all the time," he said. "He’s never changed from when he signed. My grandparents’ shop is just by the Cardiff City Stadium and he invited them into his office for a cup of tea - that’s the kind of person he is.

"He’s such a friendly person but also he’s got that bit of steel about him which he had as a player and he’s taken into management as well."

The affable 41-year-old has been in charge of Cardiff City since the start of the calendar year and now, in his first full year as boss, the Norwegian will be gunning for promotion out of the Championship and back into the Premier League.

"It was tough for him last year because when you come up from the Championship, it’s always hard to stay in the Premier League."

Cardiff are currently five points adrift from pace-setting Nottingham Forest, as they have returned eight points from a possible 15. However, the club have already competed in potentially tricky fixtures, such as Wigan Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers away from home and Fulham away.

"Once you get one or two years it becomes easier. He’s obviously enjoying it, he’s had a pretty good start to the Championship," Giggs added, before commenting that he hopes Cardiff are one of the three clubs to rise into the top tier of English football.

"I hope so. It’s always going to be tough because the Championship is such a tough division to get out of. But they’ve had the experience over the last couple of years and hopefully that’s helped them. They’ve got good players there and, in a short space of time, he’s been a successful manager.

"Hopefully they can go straight back up."

Elsewhere, Danny Gabbidon expressed his "delight" at re-signing with Cardiff City as the club are "close" to his heart.

"It's a chance for me to come back to a club that's close to my heart," said the defender, who signed up for a player-coach role. "I was really delighted to accept the offer. This is the club where it all took off for me. When I came to Cardiff was when I really developed as a player.

"I owe a lot to the club so to have a chance to come back here and help the team is as exciting as when I signed for the club the first time. Coaching is a bit different from playing so it is a bit scary but it's also exciting. It's about me passing on the experience I've had from playing."

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He continued: "The club has come such a long way from when I left. The training ground at the Vale and the stadium are incredible.

"It's a little bit strange coming back and seeing all the changes. It really is like it's a Premier League club and that's where it belongs."

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