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Tan in betting to be next Cardiff boss, but Solskjaer odds-on for job

| 30.12.2013

The will he stay or will he go saga over Malky Mackay’s future at Cardiff has finally ended after being relieved of his duties at the club and it is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that has been immediately installed as the odds-on favourite to replace him.

Everything has gone on at Cardiff this week, with reports first suggesting that owner Vincent Tan was ready to sack Mackay if he didn’t resign first, then the former manager vowing that he wouldn’t be resigning and then fresh reports saying that the Scot would be in charge for the foreseeable future.

This foreseeable future obviously related to a handful of days and now the next chapter begins on who Tan will bring in to manage the club moving forward from their current position of one point outside of the Premier League’s bottom three.

Tan himself is the strangest name in the betting, with Coral currently offering the top industry price that he is club’s next manager at 100/1.

Among the more serious candidates, Solskjaer heads the market at 5/6, but this bet has to be approached with a touch of caution given how well backed the former Manchester United striker has been for other Premier League posts in the past.

There have to be doubts as to whether he would leave Molde in Norway, where his family are settled, to work alongside a chairman that seemingly has his own agenda.

This is not something that can be said of Sven Goran Eriksson, who follows Solskjaer in the next Cardiff manager betting at 4/1.

Who can forget Eriksson ending up at Notts County when they were taken over by a consortium from the Middle East, while his most recent positions have been in Thailand, Dubai and China.

If paid acceptably, it is plausible that Eriksson would have a second go at Premier League management and at the current prices, he looks a sensible option.

Yilmaz Vural, a manager with over 25 years of experience in the Turkish top flight, comes next at 6/1, with former Croation defender Robert Jarni an intriguing option at 16/1, given he currently manages FC Sarajevo in Bosnia, which are another club owned by Tan.