The bookies early top 5 favorites to possibly succeed Malky Mackay

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Following the Cardiff City fiasco bookmakers Stanjames have been taking odds on Malky Mackay’s possible successor.

Following the breaking news that Malky Mackay has been told by Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan ‘to resign or be sacked’ football fans around the country must be wondering if the Malaysian businessman already has a successor lined up.

Tan had revealed that he was "extremely upset" when Mackay was talking about possible January transfer additions and the owner claims that this year’s budget has been sufficient for the side to be challenging a little higher up the table.

Meanwhile, bookmakers Stanjames have now begun taking odds on who could possibly be replacing the Scot as Cardiff City’s next manager. The favorites are as followed:

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer: 11/10

The ex-Manchester United player has been managing in his native Norway since 20011 at Molde having previously worked as a Man Utd’s reserve team manager.

In his first year at Molde, the Norwegian side won the league and Solksjaer was linked to Aston Villa. Molde went onto win a second successive league title and followed that up by winning the Norweigan Cup on November 24, 2013.

It’s only a matter of time before the ex-striker makes the move to the Premier League and Cardiff City has been named a likely destination.

Dave Jones: 6/1

Strange choice, but Dave Jones, who was recently sacked by Sheffield Wednesday, had previously been the manager at Cardiff City when Tan took over. He guided the Bluebirds to the playoffs twice, plus an FA Cup final. Might he finally get a chance to manage Cardiff City in the Premier League?

Craig Bellamy: 10/1

The Cardiff City hero is the third favorite. Coming to the age where retirement is on the horizon, the Cardiff striker would naturally help out his club and a possible short reign as temporary manager could turn into something longer. But a whole heap of events would have to happen first.

Roberto Di Matteo: 14/1

Unlucky to be sacked by Chelsea, Roberto Di Matteo would be a natural option for any club wishing to stay up in the Premier League.

Di Matteo showed immense defensive tactical knowledge during Chelsea’s Champions League win and he had previously shown at West Brom that he can get a team to attack too. His style of play could be favourable of the outspoken Cardiff City owner.

But would the Italian be willing to join a lower Premier league side?

Gianfranco Zola: 16/1

Likewise with his Italian and ex-Chelsea compatriot, Gianfranco Zola knows how to get his teams to attack. However, recently sacked by Watford with a very strong squad, perhaps Zola can’t make the most of the resources available to him. If Vincent Tan is after goals with very little regards to a strong defence, then perhaps Zola might be in with a long shot?

What do you make to the potential Malkay Mackay successors? How much longer will Malkay Mackay be at Cardiff City?

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