Why Neil Warnock deserves to be backed in January

Written by Luke Sheppard

It’s been a stop start season so far for Cardiff City. The Bluebirds sacked manager Paul Trollope after just winning 2 matches in 12, with supporters calling for his head.

Experienced manager Neil Warnock was appointed as the new manager of Cardiff City in late October, saying:

“I’ve always had good banter with the Cardiff people. They are my kind of crowd, blood and guts and all that, which I like”.

Right from the word go the Cardiff supporters could sense Warnock’s passion for the game, and most were happy with his appointment.

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Warnock, who saved Rotherham United from relegation last season as they looked destined for league one, quickly added 4 players to his squad: Experienced defender Sol Bamba, full back Kieron Richardson, winger Junior Hoilett and striker Marouane Chamakh. In Warnock’s first game they beat in form Bristol City 2-1 at home.

However, since his first win Cardiff City have only won 3 out of 11, and with Warnock saying the club “must buy players”, it is clear he needs the backing in January from owner Vincent Tan.

Warnock is definitely the best fit for Cardiff City. He knows the Championship very well, his love and passion for the game is unbelievable and he knows how to organise teams, especially with Kevin Blackwell drilling the defences on the training ground, and with Ronnie Jepson as first team coach.

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Warnock speaks in depth on how he wants his record 8th promotion, it would be a remarkable achievement. I believe that if Warnock is given funds in January to strengthen the first team squad, bringing in a few quality championship players, he could stabilise the club to a mid table finish this  season then make a push for the play offs next season, maybe even with a big backing from owner Vincent Tan, the top 2.

Warnock is an excellent man manager, he can make very average players seem like world beaters. He’s done it at Sheffield United, Queens Park Rangers and especially at Rotherham United last season. A prime example was the revival of Greg Halford last season, out of favour under the previous manager Neil Redfearn, but as soon as Warnock came in it was like he was a different player. Given time he could re-galvanise and rebuild this Cardiff City team that has so much potential, but is lacking quality players in key areas.

Is Warnock the man to take Cardiff City forwards? Let us know in the comments below!

featured image by Jon Candy