Solskjaer 'on the brink of Cardiff sack' - 5 potential replacements for the Bluebirds

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Cardiff City are reportedly set to sack manager Ole Gunnar Solskaer after the Bluebirds had a poor start to the Championship season.

Cardiff City have had a turbulent time under controversial owner Vincent Tan, and the club's relegation doesn't seem to have changed much in South Wales. Despite bringing in the likes of Bruno Ecuele Manga, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Adam Le Fondre, Federico Macheda, Tom Adeyemi, Anthony Pilkington, Javi Guerra and Gudio Burgstaller, Cardiff have endured a tough start to life back in the second tier.

A draw and two wins from the club's first three games had confidence high at the Cardiff City Stadium, but it's been downhill from there with three defeats in the last four games - including a shocking defeat to Norwich City where they threw away a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 in the second half.

The recent poor form was underlined by their 1-0 home defeat to Middlesbrough on Tuesday night, and report this evening suggest that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to lose his job on Thursday in a bid to arrest the club's slump. With the Norwegian reportedly on the brink, here are five suggestions that could be lined up to replace the former Manchester United star.

Steve Clarke

Recently linked with the Leeds post, Clarke has been out of work since leaving West Bromwich Albion in December, and deserves another managerial post having done well on a small budget with the Baggies. Experienced as a coach during his time with Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham United, Clarke will be desperate to prove his worth should he get a managerial role.

Chris Hughton

The former Norwich City boss got Newcastle United promoted and is a steady hand in the face of adversity. The former Republic of Ireland international has been out of work since leaving Norwich in April, and the task in South Wales could be one for a wise head like Hughton, who also impressed at this level with Birmingham City.

Neil Lennon

Underrated by many in England despite him winning the Scottish Premier League three years in a row, Lennon enjoyed a fruitful career as a player in English football before turning his hand to management. Despite being linked with the Crystal Palace job in August, former Northern Ireland international Lennon has the grit and determination to turn Cardiff around.

Tony Pulis

Having left Crystal Palace at the start of the season, Pulis could be the man to steady Cardiff's rocky defence. The former Stoke City manager took the Potters up from the Championship to the Premier League, and the fact that he's a Welshman may sit well with the Cardiff faithful, who are looking for someone to get behind strongly.

Karl Robinson

Reports already speculate that MK Dons boss Robinson is in the frame having masterminded the club's stunning 4-0 Capital One Cup win over Manchester United earlier this season. Robinson has long been highly regarded but the Dons have flattered to deceive in recent years, meaning the 34-year-old would be a risky appointment.

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