Seven defeats, eight points and a sacked manager has been the story of Cardiff City’s season so far, and from the get-go it was clear the Bluebirds might be set up for a season of struggle.
Things really weren’t going their way and when Paul Trollope was shown the door earlier this week, not many people were too surprised to see him leave the club. It just wasn’t good enough and Cardiff City shouldn’t be a team fighting for their Championship lives in the slightest – if anything, they should be challenging for the play-offs.
But we’ve seen bigger shocks in football as shown by the latest odds and lines, and if something wasn’t done, we could have seen Cardiff in League One come the end of the campaign.
But the new manager has now been appointed and his name? Neil Warnock. A man with plenty of experience at this level.
At 67-years-old, you might be thinking there could have been more ambitious people on the list to bring to the Cardiff City Stadium but Warnock is a man who has over 15 management positions to his name. He’s been promoted with seven times but as we probably know, his biggest talent likes in turning around the fortunes of teams that are dicing with relegation.
We can look to his time with Rotherham United as probably one of his greatest managerial triumphs. When he arrived in February last season, they were in the bottom three having lost eight of their last 12 games. It was a run that didn’t look like stopping anytime soon and you had to feel for their supporters, who were watching their side lose week-in, week-out.
But in came Warnock, whose impact was pretty much instantaneous. He turned the Millers from laughing stock into a respectable second division outfit in a run that saw them go on an 11 game unbeaten run towards the back end of the season. It’s safe to say if Warnock didn’t come in for those few months, Rotherham United would have been relegated to League One. But instead, they enjoyed their final few games of the season triumphing over the likes of Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday, both of whom finished in the top six come the end of the season.
You’ve got to give plenty of credit to Warnock and what that spell showed was that he still has it at this level, at his age.
We can look back to some of his earlier managerial successes with the likes of Scarborough and Notts County but that was a long time ago now. We need to know if he can turn around fortunes in the here and now and if last season was anything to go by, he’s proved he can do just that.
Cardiff City shouldn’t be flirting with relegation and if there is one man to turn it around, it’s Neil Warnock.
He won’t be pulling any punches.