Odds slashed on ex-Leeds boss becoming next Cardiff City manager

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Former Leeds United boss Brian McDermott has been strongly linked with the Cardiff City job after his odds were slashed over the last 24 hours.

Cardiff City are looking for a new manager after controversial owner Vincent Tan decided to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after just eight months in charge of the Bluebirds. The Norwegian was appointed in January as the replacement for Malky Mackay in South Wales, but after failing to keep Cardiff in the Premier League and overseeing a disappointing start to the Championship season, Solskjaer paid with his job.

So far, Cardiff have only made an approach for one manager - Leyton Orient's Russell Slade. The 53-year-old is one of the more underrated managers in the Football League and has overachieved with Orient in recent years, but they are adamant that he won't be leaving having rejected a bid from Cardiff for his services.

Slade remains the bookies favourite despite Orient's insistence that he will stay at the Matchroom Stadium, but there has been big movement on another manager - Brian McDermott.

The former Reading boss is out of work since leaving Leeds United this summer, where had just a 37% win percentage. Now looking to get back into football, McDermott has seen his odds slash from 50/1 to around 5/1 to be the next Cardiff manager - a club that he played 51 games for as a player.

McDermott's most successful spell as a manager was without doubt was Reading boss. McDermott replaced Brendan Rodgers as Royals manager in December 2009, and whilst his side lost to Rodgers' Swansea in the 2011 Championship playoff final, he did take them back to the Premier League the following season.

With Reading struggling to survive in the top flight though, McDermott lost his job just two months before the end of the 2012/13 season, and became Leeds manager just a month later. His time in charge of the Whites didn't quite go to plan though, and he was controversially sacked and reinstated in January 2014 after a bizarre saga with owner Massimo Cellino.

Slade and caretaker manager Scott Young are still ahead of him in the bookies opinion, but returning to a club he played for could be just the move McDermott needs after a turbulent time under Cellino at Elland Road, though working under another flamboyant owner in Tan could put him off a return to Cardiff.

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