Cardiff priced up to go winless in next three after Ole quits

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How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lost his job when his Cardiff side sit seven points and seven places above winless Fulham is a bit of a mystery, but then again, in a game as predictable as football and with Vincent Tan as his boss, the Norwegian can’t be too surprised.

The former Manchester United striker parted ways with the Welsh club after two straight home defeats left the recently relegated club in 17th place in the Championship, nine points off top spot.

Citing a difference in philosophy to Tan over how the club should be managed, Solskjaer leaves the Bluebirds in the temporary hands of veteran defender Danny Gabbidon and coach Scott Young until a new man can be persuaded to take the helm.

It’s thought Tan wants a swift appointment, but whether or not he can make one before Cardiff’s weekend clash with Derby is uncertain.

Either way, Ladbrokes have priced up the Bluebirds as part of their Breaking Bets, going 10/1 that the 2013 Championship victors fail to pick up a single point from their next three games.

Those three games, along with the aforementioned trip to Derby, are home games against Bournemouth and Sheffield Wednesday.

None of that triumvirate represent what can be considered friendly, with Derby – unbeaten both at home and in their last five games – the toughest of the lot.

Bournemouth are winless in three outings, but have only suffered defeat once in their four away days in all competitions this term.

Finally Sheffield Wednesday – who sit eighth in the table – visit Wales as the second tier’s best road team having won three and drawn one of their four trips to date.

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