Former Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay has stated his intent to return to management, with a number of options potentially available to the Scot.
Mackay was dismissed by his former boss Vincent Tan at the Bluebird in January, and has since been in a legal tussle with the club regarding a settlement fee.
But Mackay has now said he is looking for an immediate return to management, and with no less than five of this seasons Premier League sides seeking a manager, the 42-year old stands a good chance of a return to the dugout.
Relegated Norwich City will be favourites to lure Mackay having employed him in the past as a player. Having made 213 appearances across six-seasons for the Canaries, he becomes the man most linked with kick-starting a new era at Carrow Road.
Here are all the potential options Mackay is faced with in his bid to return to management.
With Mario Pochettino’s future up in the air on the South coast, Mackay could represent a solid replacement at the Saints. Like Pochettino, Mackay is well known to hold strong man management skills, and should he get Southampton players playing for him as they have this season, it could be a perfect partnership. Holding onto the likes of Adam Lalana and Luke Shaw would pose the immediate challenges, but once a settled squad was in place the Scot would be underway.
White Hart Lane is an unlikely destination for Mackay given that a young British manager in Tim Sherwood was also given the boot this week. Owner Daniel Levy is reportedly eyeing up foreign imports for the Spurs job, having seen a decline on their finish last season and a lot of cash spent. But Mackay knows all too well about demanding owners, and could have the knowledge to steer Spurs in the right direction.
The favourites for Mackay’s signature. The Scot spent six seasons at the Canaries as a player and has been much talked about as a contender for the Carrow Road vacancy. Norwich’s relegation to the Championship may hinder their chances of getting Mackay, but he is likely to overlook the issue due to his vast knowledge of the second-tier.
West Bromwich Albion
Having sacked two managers this season, West Brom need stability next year. Mackay, renowned for getting the best from his squad, could steady the ship at the Hawthorns and begin the rebuilding process at the club.
West Ham United
With Sam Allardyce’s West Ham future under intense speculation, Mackay may fancy a crack at the Upton Park hot-seat. The Scot would face an expectant fan-base in terms of both results and performances, but is experienced enough to make a success of the role.
Mackay will more than likely end up at a club looking to rebuild its image regarding its quality on the field, and its stature off it. Having done a solid job at Watford and taken Cardiff to the Premier League for the first time, the Scot certainly deserves another chance at the top level.