Charlie Nicholas wants Aberdeen to approach former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about the Scottish Premiership side’s vacant position.
The former Celtic and Aberdeen star has urged the Dons’ hierarchy to ‘aim high’ and make a statement of intent by trying to bring the Norwegian to Pittodrie.
Aberdeen parted ways with Stephen Glass on Sunday after less than a year in charge.
The Dons were knocked out of the Scottish Cup by Motherwell, and currently sit ninth in the league table.
Nicholas said in his Scottish Daily Express column: “If Aberdeen really want to make a statement they should go and make an attempt to speak to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“I was thinking about managerial options for my old club and I would love them to go out and make a real statement of intent.
“Why not go and ask the former Manchester United manager if he is interested? He can only say no, but if you don’t ask you don’t get.”
Prior to taking the reins at United, Solskjaer had been in charge at Cardiff City and Molde. Nicholas, the former Sky Sports pundit, believes that Aberdeen is a similar size job to the ‘baby-faced assassin’s’ former roles.
Nicholas added: “People might say he has just managed one of the biggest clubs in the world, why would he even consider Aberdeen?
“I know and I get that but if you look at Solskjaer’s CV away from United it has been at the likes of Molde and Cardiff.
“They are clubs who are of similar size and potential to Aberdeen.
“Why not show some ambition? Go and see if you could get a big-name to reignite the fire at Aberdeen again.”
Manchester United and Solskjaer parted ways in November with the 4-1 loss at Watford proving to be the final straw for the club’s legendary striker.
The 48-year-old was pictured alongside his former United assistant Michael Carrick at last week’s League One clash between Doncaster Rovers and Ipswich Town.
The pair were showing their support for Kieran McKenna, Solskjaer’s first team coach during his time in charge at United, who is the Tractor Boys’ manager.
Although Solskjaer may not be attracted by the vacant Aberdeen post, he could seek the advice of his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ferguson spent eight years with the Dons and won 10 trophies with the club before replacing Ron Atkinson as Manchester United manager.
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