A trawl through social media indicates many Cardiff City fans view Michael Joseph McCarthy as something of a football dinosaur in today’s modern game of split centre-backs, low blocks and other grandiose phrases.

This is not the inspiring, go-ahead appointment they were anticipating of a dynamic younger man who would offer nouveau ideas, bring this Cardiff team into the 21st century and offer a vision for the next decade and beyond.

Eddie Howe was clearly the coveted one among the fans. Our understanding is an approach was made, Cardiff are to be applauded for showing that ambition, but unfortunately he always had bigger things lined up.

Craig Bellamy, full of drive, verve, Bluebirds passion and another modern-day thinker, was the other populist choice. Don't rule that out from happening one day, possibly even as early as the summer. Just not at the moment.

Rightly or wrongly, Cardiff feel they need an experienced man at the helm for the time being. Someone with a proven track record to steady the ship, organise the team, put a smile back on the faces of the players, lift the spirits, show good man management.

Galvanise a dressing room where confidence and morale has started to reach rock-bottom for some.

McCarthy has always been an excellent manager of players, so he'll probably achieve that pretty quickly.

He manages well above too, rather important with Vincent Tan in charge.

But you also have to manage the supporters, something McCarthy didn't appear to do particularly well in his closing days at Ipswich where he fell out with many of them.

Perhaps his biggest challenge with Cardiff is indeed to win over the early sceptics, albeit some of the flak flying his way on social media appears to be a little over the top.

McCarthy is associated with route one football. Hence 'journeyman' and 'outdated' are two of of the kinder phrases I've noticed levelled against him by City fans. GIFs of Roy Keane looking shocked in a TV studio, under a posting 'Mick McCarthy favourite to be next Cardiff City manager' have been doing the rounds.

Fair to say then that Big Mick has immediate work to do in that area. Football being the game that it is, a few early wins will certainly help to that end.

It is worth considering that a quarter of the managers in the Premier League - Carlo Ancelotti, Roy Hodgson, Marcelo Bielsa, Steve Bruce and Sam Allardyce - are around the same age as McCarthy, or indeed older.

It's not about how old you are, it's about how enthusiastic you remain. That's a quality Big Mick retains in abundance.

And remember, at 61, he's actually 11 years younger than Neil Warnock.

He didn't do too bad a job as Cardiff boss, did he? Doing pretty well with Middlesbrough this season too, on far more limited playing resources than McCarthy will have available to him with the Bluebirds.

Cardiff City is a big job, a club with huge expectations, a large and passionate fan base, relentless media coverage. Because of that, you almost need a personality figure in charge, someone who can handle the heat and take the pressures in their stride.

Like Warnock. Indeed like Mick McCarthy.

It's my guess the likes of Paul Cook, Danny Cowley and Mike Flynn, others touted for the role, might have struggled with the size of task in hand the same way Russell Slade, Paul Trollope and Neil Harris did.

We can question McCarthy's football methods, his style of play which is seen as functional, wonder whether his best days are behind him.

But he comes into the job with pretty impressive CV to his name. This is a man who has been there, seen it and worn the t-shirt when it comes to success at Championship level.

He took Sunderland into the Premier League - and as champions.

He took Wolves into the Premier League - and as champions again - before stabilising them in the top flight for two seasons.

He took Ipswich and Millwall to the play-offs on extremely tight budgets.

Fair enough, most of that was a while ago. But you don't suddenly lose the knowledge acquired of what is required in the week in, week out grind of this truly unique division.

His work at the highest level with the Republic of Ireland is definitely under-stated. McCarthy is best known for his high-profile spat with his skipper Keane, but he took the Irish to the knockout stages of the World Cup, only to fall to Spain on penalties. That team played vibrant, aggressive and exciting football.

In his second spell with Ireland, and with much more limited players at his disposal, McCarthy pushed hard for Euro 2020 and only lost one game in Group D, pipped right at the end by Denmark and Switzerland.

He still secured a play-off spot and having a 50 per cent win record with that team was pretty impressive, given this was hardly the Irish side of Keane, Brady, McGrath and other stellar talents the men in green have possessed down the years.

More recently, McCarthy tried his hand at Cypriot football with APOEL. It was a rare failure, but to be fair he was only afforded eight matches in charge!

Can we really judge on that?

So he was available - and Cardiff chose to pounce.

The detail of McCarthy's contract is unclear, but the feeling is this is a short-term option for Cardiff to buy themselves time, assess where they want to go as a club and look at things again closer to the summer.

Maybe Bellamy will come more into the mix then. Maybe other younger managers with pedigree will have become available. Maybe McCarthy will have done such a good job there will even be a demand for him to stay?

Whatever, expect him to conduct a root and branch overview of the playing side, first team down to age-grade, and offer his own expertise as to the direction in which he feels Wales' capital city club should go.

The angst from many Cardiff fans is totally understandable. It's partly a legacy of watching an under-performing team produce dire set-piece orientated football, a style that pre-dates Harris, and a wish to see a more vibrant, modern, creative brand of play.

McCarthy's teams are seen as functional, rather than pretty. But he's got vast experience, possesses useful contacts throughout the game, is certainly passionate and will instil discipline into that dressing room.

If defenders keep on making mistakes under Big Mick, don't expect them to be in the team. He'll find a way of compensating.

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McCarthy has a history of making his team outperform his budget - a dream scenario for any owner. With Cardiff he has plenty of talent to work with, it's a question of making the sum of the parts match up, which certainly hasn't been happening.

He may not be the hungry young manager Bluebirds fans are coveting. But, rightly or wrongly, Cardiff City feel that in the short-term Mick McCarthy is exactly what they need.

At the moment they don't think they can afford the luxury of a project manager, with a fear of dropping into League One and already losing £3million a month. They can't gamble on a young manager and get it wrong in the current climate.

Hence Mick McCarthy is the man they're turning to. In the short term at least.

Maybe we should cut him a bit of slack, and give the bloke a chance?