A lacklustre performance and subsequent defeat against a solid Middlesbrough outfit has cost Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his job, with the Norwegian resigning his post just two days later.
After overseeing their relegation from the Premier League last season, much more was expected of the Manchester United hero upon returning to the Championship and languishing in 17th after seven matches isn’t what Vincent Tan had in mind.
The book has already opened on who’ll replace outbound Ole, with Tony Pulis assuming odds-on favouritism in the early exchanges at 5/6.
A top-tier survivalist would’ve been ideal for the job were the Bluebirds residing one rung higher on the ladder.
But with only two promotions in his managerial career, it can be argued that prospering at the top of tree isn’t Pulis’ forte.
Stoke are the only side he’s guided out of the second-tier through the skylight and that came after two seasons’ worth of building a team.
With a large squad already in place, it’s unlikely that he’ll be afforded carte blanche with Tan’s chequebook, meaning the current crop will have to acclimatise quickly to his famously pragmatic approach.
If it’s instant promotion they want, then Cardiff might be better served ignoring the Newport native, even if he is the most reputable candidate in the application process, but in favour of whom?
Jumping divisional fences is nothing new to Nigel Adkins who ranks at 7/1 in the current betting picture.
His exploits at Reading may not be causing much of a stir, but the resources he’d have at his behest at the Cardiff City Stadium would certainly surpass the tools he’s getting by on at the minute.
While the issue of compensation may scupper a prospective move, the former Southampton supremo rates as a solid outside punt in what’s sure to be another volatile next manager market.