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Manchester United and Fulham icons enter race for Cardiff City managerial role

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Manchester United legend Nicky Butt and Fulham assistant manager Luis Boa Morte have entered the mix to become Cardiff City manager, according to Wales Online.

Cardiff are currently looking for a new manager after sacking Mick McCarthy in the wake of their eighth straight league defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough on Saturday.

That run has left them 21st in the Championship table, two points clear of the relegation, with a number of names subsequently being linked with the job.

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According to this latest update, both Boa Morte and Butt have now expressed their interest in taking over in the Welsh capital, and have had their names added to a long lost of potential candidates.

Boa Morte is currently assistant manager to Marco Silva at Fulham, a club where he made over 200 appearances during his playing career.

It is thought that Boa Morte is however, keen to test as a number one, something he has previously only done with Sintrense in the Portuguese third-tier between 2017 and 2018.

While Cardiff are expected to take their time in deciding over McCarthy’s replacement, it is claimed Boa Morte has the sort of attributes the Bluebirds are looking for in their managerial search.

Butt meanwhile, has been out of work since leaving his role with Manchester United’s academy back in the summer.

The former England international has never managed at first-team level, and it remains to be seen if the 46-year-old is someone who would fit the profile Cardiff are looking for as a new manager.

The Verdict

These are two interesting candidates for Cardiff to consider as they search for McCarthy’s successor.

Neither have much experience in terms of senior management, which could make them a risk given the tricky situation Cardiff find themselves in at the minute.

However, that does mean they are at a different stage in their careers to McCarthy, and that could see them provide something different to the role if they were to take over in the Welsh capital.

You also feel that having been players, and worked more directly with players more recently, that could help them to develop a link with Cardiff’s squad were they to be appointed.

As a result, you feel that both Boa Morte and Butt, are options who could be worth considering for Cardiff here.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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