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Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan was not bluffing.
In hindsight, Malky Mackay was granted a stay of execution as Tan and his consultants yes-men had yet to find a suitable replacement.
Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman stressed that Turkish manager Yilmaz Vural, a Turkish journeyman manager, was not in the running, as per Wales Online:
And he [Dalman] once again moved to rule out an approach for Turkish manager Yilmaz Vural, despite his agent consistently linking him with a move to the Welsh capital.
Former Manchester United star Solskjaer is understood to be the man Dalman wants, but pundits in Norway, including former player Jan Aage Fjortoft, insist he is unlikely to accept the role.
According to the Press Association Sport (h/t ITV), Sven-Goran Eriksson is in the mix.
If Eriksson and his agent are in negotiations with Tan, they probably won't mention Guangzhou R&F letting in a combined 11 goals in two Chinese Super League matches against Beijing Guoan (0-6) and Guizhou Renhe (3-5).
Eriksson has not had a win percentage over 50 since he was the manager of the England national team (2001-2006).
In league-play, it was Lazio (1997-2001).
Guess the manager and the owner he is referring to, as per BBC Sport: "His biggest problem was that he didn't understand football at all and he didn't realise that. Every time we lost he never spoke to me for a week after but when we won it was dinner and very nice hugs and things, so it's difficult to work with people like that."
If you said Sven-Goran Eriksson and Thaksin Shinawatra during their time at Manchester City, you're right.
Now replace Shinawatra with Tan and Eriksson will have his answer if he should take the Cardiff job.