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

Mr Harris left his position as manager at the Cardiff City Stadium following a dismal run of six straight defeats, culminating in a one-goal defeat to strugglers QPR on Wednesday.

The Bluebirds had hoped to repeat last season’s feat of making the top six in the Championship again, but they are now closer to the relegation places.

Former Republic of Ireland manager Mr McCarthy has guided Wolves and Sunderland to the Premier League, but both of those achievements were more than 10 years ago.

He is now highly likely to be tasked with first ensuring the side’s safety in the league, before a hopeful late shot at the play offs.

Mr McCarthy, who also managed Ipswich from 2012 to 2018, left Cypriot side Apoel earlier this month after just a few weeks in charge of the champions, having failed to turn their fortunes around.

It is understood Cardiff received several applications for the post in less than two days, with former Wigan manager Paul Cook reportedly turning down an offer from the club on Thursday over contract concerns.