It has been a very turbulent last few weeks for Cardiff City that has seen their form completely tail off and a lot of pressure is beginning to mount on Mick McCarthy.
The Bluebirds enjoyed a decent enough start to the campaign, with them managing to secure eight points from their opening four matches to sit inside the play-off places at that point in the season.
However, barring a win against Nottingham Forest at the start of September it has been a very difficult period for the Bluebirds over the last month or so.
McCarthy’s side have suffered five straight defeats in a row in the Championship. That has seen them plummet down the league table and they head into the international break sat in 20th place in the table.
The way that Cardiff have been losing some of those matches has been really alarming. They conceded five goals away at Blackburn Rovers with some comical defending at times in that match.
Cardiff did not learn their lesson from that Blackburn defeat and were handed another battering by West Brom last week with them suffering a 4-0 loss in front of their own supporters.
There was an improvement in terms of the performance for Cardiff against Reading on Saturday, but the Bluebirds were still unable to score for the fourth time in five games and fell to another defeat.
Pressure has continued to mount on McCarthy’s shoulders over the last few weeks and the Bluebirds’ hierarchy are facing a key decision over what to do with him.
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According to the latest report from Wales Online, Cardiff are not set to make an imminent decision to part ways with McCarthy.
That comes with it being believed that the club’s hierarchy still maintaining faith that he can turn things around as he did for them partway through last term when he arrived.
It is thought that enough was seen in terms of the performance levels against Reading on Saturday to show that McCarthy still retains the support of his dressing room at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The report from Wales Online suggests that owner Vincent Tan is concerned by Cardiff’s form on the field at the moment, but also that he has confidence in McCarthy and believes that their form can be turned around quickly.
As a result, McCarthy is expected to still be in charge of Cardiff when they take on Swansea City in the big derby clash after the international break.
That game could well prove to be huge for McCarthy and represents a chance for him to turn the corner and get some fans back on side.