Mick McCarthy to takeover at Championship club after leaving APOEL

Mick McCarthy is close to becoming the new manager of Cardiff City, according to reports.

The Championship club are searching for a 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.

A 1-0 loss at the hands of Queens Park Rangers at Cardiff City Stadium on Wednesday evening was enough for Vincent Tan and Co, and the decision made to relieve Harris of his duties.

McCarthy, who recently departed Cypriot club APOEL Nicosia, is the heavy favourite for the vacancy with the bookies while some national newspapers are reporting the former Ipswich boss is close to taking over.

Mick McCarthy Former Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy is closing in on a return to management

Cardiff are said to have received several applications for the manager's post following Harris' exit.

But according to the BBC, it is former Republic of Ireland McCarthy who looks poised to take over at Cardiff City Stadium.

Ex Ipswich and Wolves manager McCarthy, 61, left Cypriot champions Apoel earlier this month just two months after being appointed.

The 61-year-old took charge of the club on November 2 alongside his former Republic of Ireland assistant Terry Connor.

But he won two of the eight league fixtures he took charge of at the club and Apoel lost their last four games with McCarthy at the helm, leaving them 11th in the table.

The former Republic of Ireland international is now set to make a swift return to management with Cardiff City, with the BBC claiming that the length of his contract has yet to be decided but a deal is expected to be completed in a matter of days.

McCarthy has a strong pedigree in the Championship having won promotion to the Premier League with Sunderland and Wolves over the course of a managerial career dating back to 1992.