Cardiff City set to appoint either Neil Harris or Lee Bowyer as manager

Neil Warnock's surprise departure from Championship side Cardiff City means that the South Wales club are on the hunt for a suitable replacement

It was by mutual consent that Neil Warnock vacated his position as Cardiff City boss with immediate effect after a period of three years with the South Wales club. The 70-year old took charge of the Bluebirds at a time when they were sitting second from bottom in the Championship table and he steered them into the Premier League in 2018. Their time in the top-flight was limited to just a single season however and with the side winning just one of their last six Championship games, Warnock and the board have agreed that the time is right for a successor to be appointed.

Who that successor proves to be remains to be seen, however reports have indicated that the board are looking to appoint either Neil Harris or Lee Bowyer in the role. It is understood that the club have whittled down a lengthy list of potential candidates to just two contenders and they hope to appoint Warnock’s replacement within 72 hours.

Warnock decided to hand in his letter of resignation following the 1-0 home defeat to rivals Bristol City at the weekend and while numerous names have been linked with the vacant position, it is now believed that Bowyer and Harris are the only serious contenders.

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As far as the leading bookies are concerned, ex Millwall manager Neil Harris is a shoo-in for the job with most firms going 1/5 that he is appointed as Warnock’s successor. Lee Bowyer is a 6/1 punt while former Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton is way out at 9/1.

Harris received no shortage of plaudits for his time with Millwall as he succeeded in lifting them into the Championship during his time at the Den. He also took the club to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in 2016/17, however he has been out of work since leaving the Lions earlier last month.