Cardiff City manager : name Mick McCarthy new manager after sacking Neil Harris

Cardiff City manager : name Mick McCarthy new manager after sacking Neil Harris

Mick McCarthy is set to take over as Cardiff City boss.

The former Republic of Ireland manager has been out of work since leaving Cypriot side APOEL earlier this month, a tenure that lasted just eight games.

Cardiff City are set to appoint Mick McCarthy as their new manager following the sacking of Neil Harris.

Harris departed on Thursday after six straight defeats had left Cardiff 15th in the Championship, closer to the relegation zone than the play-offs.

Former Republic of Ireland and Wolves manager McCarthy, 61, left Cypriot champions Apoel earlier this month.

It comes after predecessor Neil Harris was sacked following the defeat to Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday evening.

The 1-0 loss at the hands of the Hoops at Cardiff City Stadium was enough for Vincent Tan and Co, and the decision made to relieve Harris of his duties.

Paul Cook and Tony Pulis were both tipped as early favourites for the job, but its understood that McCarthy is the man the Bluebirds have now turned to.

Cardiff have lost seven out of their last eight games in all competitions and now face a massive task to reach the play-offs. City sit 15th, a whopping 13 points off the top six as things stand.

It is understood Cardiff have received several applications for the manager's post following Harris' exit.

But it is former Ipswich Town boss McCarthy who looks poised to take over at Cardiff City Stadium.

The length of his contract has yet to be decided but a deal is expected to be completed in a matter of days.

McCarthy inherits a Cardiff side low on confidence after a run of five successive defeats in the Championship and six in all competitions.

Harris, who succeeded Neil Warnock as Bluebirds boss in November 2019, had led the team to the Championship's play-off semi-finals last season.

However, his side failed to reach the same heights during this campaign, which Cardiff started by winning only three of their first 13 matches.

They recovered with a run of four consecutive victories between November and December, but since then the Welsh side have lost seven of their eight fixtures.

Cardiff have turned to the vastly experienced McCarthy, who has won promotion to the Premier League with Sunderland and Wolves over the course of a managerial career dating back to 1992.

He has also had two stints in charge of the Republic of Ireland and managed Ipswich between 2012 and 2018.