Cardiff City want to hire ex-West Ham and Newcastle boss - but not as manager

Former West Ham United and Newcastle United manager Glenn Roeder could be set for Cardiff City - but only as Director of Football.

Cardiff City are once again in a state of flux after the departure of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The former Manchester United striker was hired by controversial owner Vincent Tan in January after the sacking of Malky Mackay, but not only could the Norwegian not keep the Bluebirds in the Premier League, he also oversaw a terrible start to the Championship campaign.

That saw Solskjaer leave the club after only around eight months in the job, and Malaysian owner Tan now has to try to find another manager in order to push the club back up the table. His first choice, Russell Slade, has been overachieving with League One side Leyton Orient in recent years and would have been a surprise appointment for Cardiff, but the O's rejected their approach.

Slade, 53, is certainly one of the more underrated managers in the Football League, but was a surprise first choice for the club. Yet according to Wales Online, the move was down to former West Ham United and Newcastle United boss Glenn Roeder.

Roeder has been in the football wilderness ever since being sacked by Norwich City in January 2009, but has recently been seen attending Cardiff City fixtures - including the recent defeat to Middlesbrough, which proved to be Solskjaer's final game in charge of the club.

Rumours then began to swirl that Roeder could be the next manager at the Cardiff City Stadium, but the speculation has been quashed, with Wales Online suggesting that Roeder may be set to take a role with Cardiff as their Director of Football - and he was the one who recommended Slade.

Roeder made over 100 appearances for Leyton Orient as a player, and no doubt still has an affinity to the club - which may be why he's so familiar with Slade's work at the Matchroom Stadium.

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