Who is next for the Cardiff City manager's job?

Chris Hughton, Roberto Di Matteo, Malcky Mackay, Mark Robins
In the frame: Chris Hughton, Roberto Di Matteo, Malky Mackay and Mark Robins

With Cardiff City embarking on another Championship campaign next season, the club's board not only face the task of rebuilding a new squad of players but face the more important task of finding a new man to lead them, following the sacking of manager Dave Jones.

The Bluebirds have said they will take their time to get the right man, but an announcement is expected sometime next week.

Here are the leading contenders to take the reins at Cardiff City Stadium.

CHRIS HUGHTON

Reports suggest the former Tottenham and Republic of Ireland defender has already been interviewed by the Cardiff board.

Hughton led Newcastle to the Championship title at the first time of asking in the 2009/10 season when anything less might well have cost him his job at the time.

He was eventually sacked by the Magpies in December 2010, but received widespread sympathy in football circles after leading Newcastle to a respectable 11th position in the Premier League.

The 52-year-old seemed to connect well with supporters - something that Dave Jones was criticised for failing to do - and has lengthy coaching experience, having been a coach at Tottenham between 1993 and 2007.

However, he achieved success at St James' Park after inheriting a strong squad at Championship level. He won't have the same luxury at the Cardiff City Stadium given recent departures.

ROBERTO DI MATTEO

The Italian has an established record in the English game as a player and as a manager.

In the late 90s he was one of Chelsea's more successful foreign signings and famously scored (at the time) the fastest ever FA Cup final goal in 1997.

The Cardiff board has reportedly been impressed with his short managerial spells at MK Dons and West Bromwich Albion.

In his first season with the Dons, he led them to third place in League One before losing in the play-offs. A season later, he won automatic promotion with West Brom, leading them to second behind Hughton's Newcastle. The axe fell, though, in February as the Baggies flirted with relegation in the Premier League.

His attacking philosophy may win over some fans but in the eyes of others, he may lack the track record of building an entirely new squad.

MALKY MACKAY

If anyone knows how to get promoted out of the Championship then Mackay is certainly that man. He's done it three times - as a player with Norwich, West Ham and Watford.

It was the departure of Brendan Rodgers to Reading in June 2009 that gave the former Scotland international his managerial break. After a successful caretaker spell at Watford, he was .named permanent manager - a position he holds to this day

Mackay would be a surprise choice given that he hasn't yet won anything as a manager.

However, Cardiff have been impressed by a man who has stabilised the Hornets at Championship level despite an initial relegation threat when he first took charge.

MARK ROBINS

The former Manchester United striker is often accredited with "saving" Sir Alex Ferguson's job with a vital FA Cup goal back in 1990, but the 41-year-old has built his own career as a promising young manager in the football league.

In 2007 he succeeded former Wales international Alan Knill as Rotherham's manager following a spell as caretaker which saw him lift the club off the bottom of League One. The Millers were then in automatic promotion contention for the next two seasons.

His next stop, in 2009, was Barnsley - where he succeeded another Welshman in Simon Davey. Robins took a team of relegation candidates, to nine points clear of the drop zone and they eventually finished 18th in the table.

Having kept the Tykes in the Championship for the next couple of seasons, Robins resigned from his job at the end of the 2010/11 campaign, citing differences with the board.

He has confirmed his interest in the Cardiff job but is he high profile enough for the board and more importantly for the fans?