Former Millwall boss Neil Harris is Cardiff’s no.1 choice to replace Neil Warnock, who left the Championship side on Monday.
Warnock decided to resign as manager after a poor run of form, with the Bluebirds languishing in 14th place.
talkSPORT’s Jim White understands Harris, who stepped down as Lions manager last month, is the front runner to land the job as things stand.
Harris, 42, had an excellent four-and-a-half year spell at The Den, in which he guided the south London side to promotion to the Championship via the play-offs, as well as two FA Cup quarter-finals.
The south Wales side are already ‘close’ to naming Warnock’s successor, with Charlton boss Lee Bowyer another candidate the Bluebirds have identified.
Bowyer has established himself as one of the brightest young managers in the division, having got the Addicks promoted to the second tier on a comparatively modest budget.
However, talkSPORT.com understands Charlton fully expect Bowyer to remain at the Valley.
As of Tuesday afternoon the Bluebirds had yet to make a formal approach to their Championship rivals for the 42-year-old.
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Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman says they’ve now narrowed their search for a new manager down to just a couple of names, and hope to make an appointment within the next 72 hours.
Should Harris be appointed, his first game would be a trip to the Valley on October 23 – to face none other than Millwall’s south London rivals Charlton.