Solskjaer: Pulis is an example to learn from

Solskjaer was unable to prevent Cardiff from slipping out of the Premier League. Photo: PA

Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Tony Pulis is "an example to learn from" as he prepares for the Welsh club's Barclays Premier League swansong.

Crystal Palace could easily have joined relegated Cardiff in the Championship next season had it not been for Pulis' managerial heroics at Selhurst Park.

But the Welshman turned them around from being seemingly relegation certainties in mid-season to finishing comfortably clear of the danger zone.

It was not to be for Solskjaer and Cardiff, though, after last Saturday's 3-0 defeat against Newcastle condemned them to a quickfire Championship return.

"Tony Pulis has done fantastic this season, and he was the saviour of the club," Solskjaer said, ahead of Sunday's home game against Chelsea.

"The way they (Palace) were going... and he has turned it around. It is an example from me to learn from.

"I spoke to him after our game (last month) and I had a great half-an-hour with him in my room. I got some advice from him. You speak to others, too.

"But I am very confident in my own ability, too. We just have to look to next season. I am sure we will be competing."

Asked how he has dealt with failure in his career, former Manchester United star Solskjaer added: "It was a long time ago.

"You feel down when you are injured and you think you are never ever going to play football again. If it is important to you, you will find a way. If it's not, you will find an excuse.

"Never ever find an excuse. I have never been that way. I will always find a way."

Solskjaer took over as manager in January after Cardiff chairman Vincent Tan dispensed with Malky Mackay's services, but he was unable to inspire a climb out of the bottom three.

"I am the manager. I will take the blame," Solskjaer said.

"I didn't make the impact on the results I hoped for. I came in hoping to make a difference and we could move up the table, but it didn't happen. We have not been good enough.

"We have got to give the fans a good last game (on Sunday), and then we will look towards next season."

The Cardiff boss confirmed he has also held talks with owner Vincent Tan in the wake of their relegation Credit: PA

Keeping Cardiff's leading players - the likes of England defender Steven Caulker, midfielder Gary Medel and goalkeeper David Marshall - could prove Solskjaer's toughest challenge during the summer.

Caulker and Medal are thought to have contractual release clauses in the event of relegation, although Marshall recently penned a new long-term deal with the Bluebirds.

"There will be changes," Solskjaer added. "I will do my best to keep hold of the most important players. That job has already started.

"The ones who will be here will have to have the character, as in that league (Championship) you cannot turn up and just go through the motions."

Solskjaer revealed he had spoken with Tan in the wake of events last weekend. There are no indications that the Norwegian will not be in charge, come the start of next season.

"I have got no other signals than planning for next season," Solskjaer said. "The key is to start the season well.

"The majority of the players didn't know the Premier League, the club didn't know the Premier League, so that unknown was a learning curve.

"The experience of playing in the Premier League will give everyone a taste of wanting to get back to it. I really hope we will, but it is a lot of hard work ahead, especially mentally.

"Sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward again. You have got six weeks before pre-season, and then pre-season, to get ready.

"You have to learn from your mistakes as a player and coach. I am a better manager now than when I came here.

"Everyone wants to be back there (Premier League) next year, but it is not going to be easy. The Championship is a very tough league, and you have to be right, mentally.

"The longer you go before you manage to bounce back, the more difficult it proves to be.

"The whole club is disappointed, but there is only one thing to do and that is to come back stronger.

"It's been four months' hard work. We have enjoyed it, but the results haven't been what we wanted. There are loads of things I have learnt, and there are things I would have done different, but that is hindsight."