15 Jan

Cardiff City FC have made the decision to sack manager Mark Hudson after going nine games without a victory.

The move came after the Bluebirds 1-1 draw at home to Wigan Athletic yesterday afternoon, a result that leaves them just one-place above the dreaded relegation zone. In the game, Cardiff City led after a goal by Callum O'Dowda until Wigan striker Will Keane came back in the 96th minute, bringing the match to a draw.

Hudson was appointed as interim manager for the club back in September of last year following the sacking of Steve Morison. Just two months later, he was offered a permanent job until the end of the 2022/23 campaign.

In a statement, Cardiff City said:

"Cardiff City Football Club has relieved Mark Hudson of his duties as First Team Manager.

"The Board of Directors would like to place on record its thanks to Mark for all of his work as a player, coach and manager whilst with the Bluebirds. We wish Mark all the very best of luck for the future."

Dean Whitehead will now take the role as temporary manager, with Tom Ramasut remaining as assistant manager and Graham Stack supporting as Goalkeeping Coach.

WATCH highlights of yesterdays game against Wigan - Credit: Cardiff City FC

Many fans are now speculating the return of former boss Neil Warnock, who guided the Bluebirds to a Premier League promotion during the 2017/18 season.

Neil spent a total of three years in South Wales, and remains a firm friend of owner Vincent Tan, talkSPORT is reporting.

Although the 74-year-old confirmed his retirement after leaving Middlesborough last November, he could be tempted back within the next few days in order to help the club escape its relegation battle.

The possibility of Neil's return is 2/1 with SkyBet, and 5/2 with BetVictor.

Other front-runners include former Norwich boss Dean Smith and former Middlesborough manager Chris Wilder.

Next manager odds according to BetVictor.com:

  • Neil Warnock - 5/2
  • Dean Smith - 8/1
  • Chris Wilder - 8/1
  • Leam Richardson - 8/1
  • Dean Whitehead - 8/1
  • Mark Waburton - 12/1
  • Steve Cotterill - 12/1
  • Darrell Clarke - 16/1
  • Michael Flynn - 20/1

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