Cardiff City's David Kerslake 'in dark' over Mackay replacement

Cardiff City caretaker boss David Kerslake is "in the dark" about who will replace Malky Mackay as manager and when an appointment will be made.

The 47-year-old has been in charge since Mackay was sacked on Friday and does not want the job permanently.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is the bookies' favourite, and Kerslake says whoever is appointed has "big boots to fill".

"They are going to have to have somebody with a big personality," said the former Tottenham defender.

Kerslake, who followed Mackay to Cardiff from Watford when the Scot was appointed in 2011, took control for Saturday's 2-2 home draw with Sunderland.

When asked if he was aware of any developments in the club's search for a new manager, he said: "I have been told to take temporary charge of the team and that's the only thing that I know... I am absolutely in the dark on that situation."

Kerslake will be in charge for the New Year's Day Premier League match at leaders Arsenal and is willing to continue in the role for as long as he is needed.

"I'm prepared to take the reins beyond Arsenal," he said.

"Malky's left big boots to fill but I'm sure the owner and board of directors will select the right man."

Chairman Mehmet Dalman had hoped to have a new manager in place before Saturday's FA Cup third-round tie at Newcastle, and added he had only one candidate in mind - but would not reveal who.

Former Manchester United and Norway striker Solskjaer, 40, currently in charge of Molde, is thought to be Cardiff's preferred choice.

Arsenal will be looking for their second win of the season over Cardiff, who are two places and two points above the relegation zone, and Kerslake knows his side face "a huge challenge".

He said: "They are a fantastic side and they've got some wonderful individuals."

But despite losing 3-0 at home to the Gunners in November, Kerslake says his side have nothing to fear.

"We've been competitive all season and we've had some great results against top sides," he said.

"They are a set of boys, very tight together, a real good team and they will go out and try and get a result in every game."