Charlton fans will breathe a huge sigh of relief if Neil Harris is to be named Cardiff City manager as expected .

The Bluebirds have been looking for a replacement after Neil Warnock left the post on Monday afternoon and are expected to announce Harris’s appointment in the next 72-hours according to sources in South Wales.

Harris who stepped down as Millwall boss at the end of September revealed in a talkSPORT interview last week he was ready to step back into management after four and a half years in charge at The Den.

According to WalesOnline, Harris was on a short-list along with Charlton manager Lee Bowyer who is contracted to The Valley outfit until June having signed a year-long extension following their play-off promotion.

Speaking to BBC Radio Wales, Cardiff City Chairman and one-time Charlton take-over candidate Mehmet Dalman revealed the qualities they’re after in their new head honcho, qualities that would’ve made many Charlton fans uneasy.

“We want a manager that can have 35 shots in every game," he said.

"I think the owner Vincent Tan wants to take a more hands-on involvement with the next manager with I think is right, after all he's the owner of the club.

“I think he wants someone younger with a more offensive type of manager.

"The process is ongoing on at the moment, we're down to a very small number of names.

“I'll be very surprised if we don't announce something within the next 72 hours, certainly by the weekend."

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Bowyer’s stock has risen dramatically over the last 18-months with his brand of football, on a shoe-string budget not gone unnoticed by those making the big decisions at clubs in the second tier.

Stoke City and Huddersfield Town reportedly made approaches that were rejected by Bowyer and Charlton earlier in the season, and it’s thought a similar outcome would occur if any approach were made by Cardiff for the 42-year-old, although it’s understood no formal approach has been made.

News of Harris's expected appointment in Cardiff will be music to Addicks' fans ears with many feeling Bowyer has been the catalyst for their revival under the tumultuous ownership of Roland Duchatelet.

Coincidentally, Charlton's first fixture after the international break will a home tie against Cardiff City.