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Championship side Cardiff City have shortlisted former Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes as a potential candidate to succeed previous boss Mick McCarthy in the Welsh capital, according to the Daily Mail.
The 50-year-old, who also managed second-tier rivals Bristol City between 2011 and 2013, left the Scottish Premiership side back in March this year after spending eight years with the club and enjoyed a reasonably successful time at Pittodrie.
He was linked with the West Bromwich Albion vacancy this summer before Valerien Ismael took the reins at The Hawthorns – and has now reportedly appeared on the Bluebirds’ shortlist as they look to find a permanent successor for old manager McCarthy.
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McInnes is one of many names being linked with a move to the Cardiff City Stadium – and they will have a big job to do in turning around the Welsh side’s fortunes after seeing them lose eight consecutive league games going into this weekend’s tie against Stoke City.
With this run of form, they currently sit just two points above the drop zone, something they weren’t expecting after finishing in a respectable eighth place last term.
If the 50-year-old was chosen for the vacancy, his first task would be to drag Cardiff away from relegation danger – but is this really a good potential appointment for them?
We asked three of our Football League World writers for their thoughts on this question.
This could be one that works out pretty well for Cardiff.
If you are looking at the instant remit the new manager is going to have, it’s going to be about survival.
For me, McInnes would be a manager that could pull that Cardiff squad away from the bottom three and offer them that sort of instant impact they need.
Then, it’s about giving him time to build a side in his vision, re-establishing and pushing on towards the top-six.
He’s had success in Scotland and has been linked with high-profile jobs in the Championship before. Cardiff aren’t targeting a nobody here, McInnes could be very good for them.
It’s a name that plenty of supporters would get behind.
This could be a good decent appointment for Cardiff if they are able to bring McInnes in.
McInnes has plenty of experience as a manager, which includes a fairly decent win rate, something that could be just what Cardiff need in order to get themselves out of trouble in the Championship table.
Indeed, you feel the Bluebirds may need to bring a manager in quickly to help make an impact after eight defeats in a row, and with McInnes available to come in immediately since he is not currently in a job could make him suitable in that sense as well.
You also feel as though McInnes could be tempted by the chance to prove himself in the Football League again after so long in Scotland with Aberdeen, meaning this could be an appointment that would suit all involved.
This could be an interesting appointment for Cardiff.
While things may not have exactly worked out last time he managed a Championship side, McInnes did a fantastic job in his eight years with Aberdeen.
The 50-year-old helped the Scottish club win their first silverware in nearly 20 years, had them battling at the top of the SPFL, reached more domestic cup finals, and qualified for European football on a number of occasions.
There is quality in the Cardiff squad and it may well be that McInnes is the right man to get the best out of it.
He should bring stability, which has to be what they need right now.