Solskjaer favourite for Cardiff

  • By: Tim Clement
  • Last Updated: December 27 2013, 20:16 GMT

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is Sky Bet's favourite to become the next Cardiff manager while Malky Mackay, who was relieved of his duties by the Bluebirds on Friday, has been backed for the West Brom job.

Solskjaer: Favourite to replace Mackay at Cardiff
Solskjaer: Favourite to replace Mackay at Cardiff

Mackay's departure was far from a surprise as he was 1/6 to be the next Premier League manager to go following Vincent Tan's ultimatum e-mail directing him to resign or be sacked.

Punters have responded by backing him for the West Brom vacancy, which has resulted in his odds coming in from 10/1 to 11/8.

Solskjaer was installed as the evens favourite to be the next Bluebirds boss and his price has plummeted as he attracts the majority of the money in the market, while Tan is also in the market and has been backed in from 100/1 to 20/1.

Cardiff's honorary life president and former owner Sam Hammam admitted Solksjaer fitted the profile the club would be looking for, and also played down the possibility of recruiting Eriksson.

He told BBC Wales: "He (Solskjaer) will have had very good basic grounding (at Molde) to what is needed now.

"We need a manager whose feet are on the ground and not just telling Vincent Tan, 'Give me your money,' as if all Vincent Tan is a cash cow."

The combination of back-to-back defeats and the Bluebirds' off-field issues has seen Cardiff cut to 7/4 third favourites for relegation, having been as long at 7/2 earlier this month.

Sky Bet Football Trader Andy Lee said: "We installed Solksjaer as the early favourite and he has attracted overwhelming support for the post, although he had also been well backed for the West Brom job amid reports of Molde being contacted by an anonymous club regarding his availability.

"Punters have also been heavily backing Mackay for the Baggies job, forcing us to cut those odds from 10/1 to 11/8 with his reputation seemingly intact following a harsh dismissal."

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