Lee Bowyer and Neil Harris have emerged as leading contenders for the vacant Cardiff City managerial post.

Neil Warnock stepped down as Bluebirds manager on Monday and the Welsh side are seeking to appoint his successor during the international break.

Harris has been without a club since stepping down at Millwall at the end of September whilst Charlton’s Bowyer continues to be linked with posts after the transformation he’s overseen at The Valley.

Both manager’s have enjoyed success, winning promotion from League One to the Championship.

Harris guided the Lions to the second tier in 2017 before establishing the in the division before stepping down after four and a half years at the helm.

The 42-year-old felt the time was right for both himself and the club to have a ‘re-fresh’ before admitting he was ready to take up a managerial role a fortnight ago.

Bowyer, also 42, has seen his stock rise over the last 18-months after guiding the cash strapped Addicks to promotion last season via the play-offs before surprising many this season in the Championship.

The former Charlton, Leeds, Newcastle, West Ham and Birmingham man was linked with the Stoke City and Huddersfield earlier in the season such has been his rise to prominence.

At 70, Warnock is nearly 30-years both Harris and Bowyer’s senior and the move would be seen as a change in direction for the recently relegated Cardiff who have struggled to adapt to life back in the Championship.

Defeat at home to Bristol City proved to be the final straw for the City board and Warnock stepped down on Monday with the club sitting 14th in the league, stating

“It is the right time for a new voice as we believe the squad of players is more than capable of getting success.”

Coincidentally, Cardiff City visit Charlton on the November 23, after the international break.