Solskjaer, right, has put the offer of a new three-year contract at his current Norwegian club, Molde, on hold while he decides on his next career move.

Albion sacked Steve Clarke after 18 months in charge following their 1-0 defeat at Cardiff on Saturday. Club chairman Jeremy Peace and sporting technical director Richard Garlick waited at the training ground for the team coach to return from

Wales and broke the news to Clarke.

West Brom have lost their last four games, but it is Clarke’s overall record of seven wins in the last 34 league games, earning only 31 points, that forced Peace to act.

Solskjaer, 40, made his name as a player with Manchester United and managed their youth and reserves sides before taking over at Molde, where he has won the league for three successive seasons and the Norwegian Cup.

He is in the last year of his contract and is deciding whether to stay on or move to a bigger club.