Dave Jones favourite for sensational return to Cardiff City

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Dave Jones has been installed as one of the bookmakers favourites to take over from the harshly treated Malky Mackay at Cardiff.

In a string of incidents between Mackay and owner Vincent Tan that started with Mackay claiming he wanted three quality players in January, Tan has informed the Scot he should resign, or he'll be sacked.

This will pave the way for former Bluebirds manager Jones to take over, and it would certainly be a shock move.

Although the most sensible and predicted move would be to install Jones as a director of football, appointing him as manager can't be ruled out at this stage.

The Welshman has history of his own with Malaysian Tan, after Jones took out legal action on the owner following his dismissal in May 2011. The pair patched things up through an out-of-court settlement, and their rapport has improved since.

Jones would find it hard to turn down a role if it was offered. He had a rocky time at Sheffield Wednesday, with many wondering how he managed to keep his job as long as he did, managing them in to the relegation zone this season, looking resigned to relegation.

If he did take on the role of director of football, being the middle man between the manager and owner wouldn't be something envied by many, as many look on at the Cardiff City shambles, thankful it's not their club.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is another name said to be in the frame, but whether the Norwegian would be tempted into English football working under these difficult conditions, is unlikely.

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