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Cardiff City eye 50-year-old as potential McCarthy successor

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Cardiff City have had a sub-par start to the campaign so far this year and it’s led to the club deciding to part ways with boss Mick McCarthy – and now, according to the Daily Mail, they could be about to turn to Derek McInnes in their pursuit of a new manager.

The Bluebirds have managed to win just three league fixtures so far this season and it’s meant they have drifted ominously towards the drop zone. They currently sit in 21st position, just one spot above the relegation places and are only two points clear of Hull below them.

The play-off places that they would have arguably liked to challenge for this year are already stretching further and further out of reach, with the club now ten points adrift of sixth place.

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Mick McCarthy joined the Bluebirds last year and did well to steady the ship and even looked like he could be a success at the club in leading them towards the play-offs. However, things took a turn for the worse this campaign and he has now been relieved of his duties.

There have been no end of names linked with the vacant job so far, with Rob Page, Jody Morris and Michael Beale all rumoured to be candidates for the role.

The latest name now thrown into the mix is Derek McInnes, according to the Daily Mail. The manager has previous experience in England and the EFL, having led Bristol City during their time in the Championship. The Robins were struggling in the second tier when he first began to lead the club and he managed to keep them up before eventually being handed the sack.

England isn’t the only breadth of experience he has so far, having also been to Scotland and handled the affairs of both St Johnstone and most recently, Aberdeen. He won the Scottish League Cup with the latter of the two and with the former, he took them to the Scottish First Division title.

He was with Aberdeen for eight years but now finds himself out of work – and a return to the Championship and the EFL may now be on the cards.

The Verdict

Derek McInnes could prove to be a solid appointment at the top for Cardiff. Yes, his only previous experience in England was leading Bristol City out of a relegation dog fight and the Bluebirds want to be challenging but he has proven he can cut it as a manager and be successful during his time in Scotland.

He had the reins at Aberdeen for years and he got that from being a consistently good manager of the side. He may not have won much but it’s difficult to win league titles in a Premier League that contains Celtic and now Rangers. Despite this, he was still relatively successful there and could be just what the Bluebirds need.


Writer for Football League World.

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