Ex-Premier League midfielder linked with shock move to become new Cardiff boss

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According to reports today, former Blackburn midfielder Tugay Kerimoglu could be in the frame to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Cardiff manager.

Cardiff City have endured a turbulent time under Malaysian owner Vincent Tan, with him changing the club's badge and kit colour before taking the club to the Premier League, where he sacked manager Malky Mackay and replaced him with former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in an ambitious move after the Norwegian's exploits with Molde.

Yet the move hasn't worked out, as the Bluebirds suffered relegation to the Championship at the end of last season and have picked up just eight points from their first seven games back in the second tier - and today, Tan made another managerial change by sacking Solskjaer following a 1-0 home defeat to Middlesbrough.

The early favourite to replace 'the Baby-faced Assassin' was former Hearts, Celtic and Bristol City midfielder Paul Hartley having impressed as the manager of Dundee in Scotland, but he turned down the move to South Wales, leaving Cardiff to look to other options.

And now, a new name in the frame is former Blackburn midfielder Tugay Kerimoglu. The 44-year-old has recently spent two spells as Galatasaray assistant boss, firstly under Gheorghe Hagi between 2010 and 2011, and then between 2013 and 2014 as Roberto Mancini's right hand man.

Once Mancini left his position with the Turkish giants, Tugay also decided to up sticks and depart his former club, possibly in search of his own managerial position elsewhere.

A player famed for his deep lying playmaker role at Blackburn, Tugay made over 250 appearances for Rovers and regularly showed his outstanding leadership qualities at Ewood Park during his time as captain.

With Cardiff allegedly considering appointing the Turk, they must be hoping that those attributes would translate well to management - though supporters may want a more established manager having failed with the 'famous Premier League player' route with Solskjaer.

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