After the now infamous ultimatum set by the Cardiff owner Vincent Tan, Malky Mackay became the sixth Premier League manager to lose their job following the home defeat to Southampton.
As always, speculation is arising linking many former Premier League managers with the vacant role available. We take a look at some of the favourites to replace Mackay according to the leading bookies.
5. Neil Lennon
Lennon has previously commented on the managerial role at Cardiff even before Mackay's dismissal when he was quoted as saying "You always think you are in a difficult position and then you look elsewhere and you think this is a walk in the park compared to what some other managers have to put up with" when asked of the situation at Cardiff.
Despite defending Mackay several weeks before he was sacked, the bookies still have the current Celtic boss as 12/1 for Cardiff's next manager.
4. Roberto Di Matteo
A man with undoubted managerial qualities, Di Matteo has won the Champions League and the FA Cup with Chelsea and also enjoyed a spell at West Bromwich Albion where he finished second in the Championship earning them automatic promotion. Along with an impressive CV, the Italian has experience in the top flight which could explain why the bookies have him as the 12/1 favourite for the next Cardiff manager.
3. Yilmaz Vural
Yilmaz Vural is a surprise contender for the managerial role at Cardiff as he has only ever managed in the Turkish league. However, Vural has experience in coaching for over 25 years and has most recently resigned as manager from Elazığspor. Despite the lack of experience in British football, the bookies have Vural as 7/1 favourite for Mackay's replacement.
2. Sven - Goran Eriksson
Sven-Goran Eriksson, a former Manchester City and England manager is now being linked with a move back to England. Although he won no major trophies in the UK, he enjoyed a five year spell as England boss before resigning in 2006. The manager with the most English football experience on this list, Eriksson is 11/4 favourite to take over Cardiff City and leave his current club Guangzhou R&F.
1. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
The former Manchester United forward tops the list as 4/6 favourite for Malky Mackay's replacement. Solskjaer is currently manager at the Norwegian club Molde after he left his coaching role at Manchester United Reserves. He has won the Norwegian premier league two seasons running as well as the Norwegian Football Cup in 2013. Although Solskjaer has also been linked with the vacant position at West Brom, he is firm favourite as the next boss of Cardiff City.
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