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A struggling Cardiff City side under Mick McCarthy currently sit 20th in the Championship table, way off where they sat this time last season which was much closer to the play off places than the relegation zone. After six consecutive defeats for the Bluebirds is the end looking near for manager Mick McCarthy?
Cardiff have suffered heavy defeats recent against Blackburn and West Brom but probably the one that hurt Cardiff fans the most was the recent 3-0 derby loss to Swansea. There is also a clear theme with Cardiff’s losses in that they are struggling defensively this season, despite playing a back five at times.
It’s not only in the defensive department that Cardiff are struggling. As well as having lost eight of their last nine matches in all competitions, they have also scored just one goal in their last six games.
It seems there is a very negative feel around the club’s first team right now especially after the recent derby loss, with many fans calling for the sack for Mick.
The latest reports suggest that after a board meeting on Monday, it was decided that McCarthy will be given this week’s games against Fulham and Middlesbrough to turn things around. That will put huge pressure on the manager who many don’t feel has the sort of bond with Cardiff supporters that Neil Warnock had which can really help a manager through difficult times.
What needs to change at Cardiff City?
The first thing anyone will notice about Cardiff City when they go to watch them is likely the style of football, the cagey, ‘hoof and hope’ style that many Cardiff fans will recognise.
The setup of the team has been of real concern recently described perfectly by fan columnist Scott Johnson for Wales Online who said, “supporters had been crying out for him to ditch five at the back, which over time incorporated five centre-backs, like a tag-team of wrestlers.” This setup was followed again in the recent derby where once again it came back to bite the Bluebirds, the defeat that followed was embarrassing for those following Cardiff.
Although, this season’s hopes for promotion may be all but forgotten, for Cardiff fans it’s not all doom and gloom for the future. Despite the Bluebirds being on a run of six straight defeats Cardiff City under-23s recently completed their sixth win on the bounce, under the management of Steve Morison. The young Bluebirds are joint top in the Group Development League table. The skies ahead may therefore be much brighter if City can build on that sort of success.
Two Games Make or Break!
Cardiff City face up against Fulham, a side Cardiff have developed a fierce recent rivalry with. It goes without saying that they’ll be looking to get one over on the Bluebirds. Fulham are a very attacking side who many Cardiff fans fear will simply cause Cardiff more defensive woes.
Saturday, brings the return of former Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock to the City Stadium. Always a favourite of the fans, Neil will no doubt be looking to get three points against his former club. Middlesbrough will also bring along Cardiff hero Sol Bamba as part of their managerial staff, who is bound to get a fantastic reception from the home fans. There are plenty of distractions for the Welsh side, but will it be a week to remember or forget for Cardiff City fans?