It has been three difficult seasons since Cardiff City lost their place in the Premier League. Despite the success of the 2012/13 campaign, in which the club produced a first place finish in the second tier, Cardiff have been unable to recuperate for another assault on the Premier League following their relegation. Two mid-table finishes followed. Yet, just as the club appeared to be ready to battle for a play-off place, everything came crumbling down.
The Welsh club claimed just two victories in their opening 11 matches in the Championship, leaving them languishing in 23rd place. The awful start ultimately cost Paul Trollope his job, with the club bringing in veteran boss Neil Warnock, who has guided plenty of clubs into the top flight throughout his long career.
However, with a number of games now under his belt with the club, Cardiff still find themselves struggling near the foot of the table. With the midway point of the 2016/17 season fast approaching, the club need to turn things around quickly if they are to avoid a relegation scrap come May.
With the lure of the riches that come with Premier League football driving them, Championship clubs are proving to be more and more trigger-happy in recent years. Warnock is likely to be given time at the Cardiff City Stadium, but doubts will already be creeping in around the club.
Yet, even they decide to part ways with their second manager of the season, who would they turn to to guide them out of this slump?
The decision to appoint Warnock was undoubtedly down to his experience. Yet, there are very few managers that can offer more experience than him at this level. There was some talk of a sensation return for Dave Jones, who led the club between 2005 and 2011, but his disastrous spell with Sheffield Wednesday suggests that he isn’t quite up to the job.
With few options available, Cardiff could ditch experience for passion. Ryan Giggs is looking for a job after leaving Manchester United this summer and while he has yet to prove himself in a managerial role, his desire to succeed could be just what Cardiff need to turn their season around.
Better yet, Giggs, born and raised in the Welsh city, revealed himself to be a Cardiff City fan following his retirement in 2013, meaning that he will fight tooth and nail to see them succeed. That is no indication that Giggs would be the club’s saviour. Yet, Cardiff might need to take a risk in order to stop their slow slide down to League One.
If the club choose to turn their attention to former players, Craig Bellamy could be an another option. Like Giggs, the former Bluebirds player has yet to take his first steps into management, but he has stated in the past that he believes he could turn the club around. He would undoubtedly be a popular choice in the dressing room, but that alone won’t be enough to get the players working on the pitch.
The club are unlikely to take such a risk, given Bellamy’s insufficient experience. Yet, given the lack of quality options, it’s hard to see who else Cardiff City could turn to next.