Neil Warnock has left Cardiff City after three years in charge, but the timing of his departure is a source of frustration for some Sunderland fans, as they would have loved him as their manager.
Phil Parkinson was appointed just a few weeks ago to replace Jack Ross, but his return of two wins from his first seven matches means he is yet to win over the Stadium of Light crowd.
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Many supporters feel the experienced Warnock would have been a perfect fit for the Black Cats, and given he has a record eight promotions on his CV, including three from the Championship, he could be the galvanising figure the club needs.
However, with Parkinson in charge it is extremely unlikely there will be a change of personnel – unless the disastrous form continues – but with Warnock previously stating that 2019/20 would be his last year with the Bluebirds, he could be planning for retirement anyway.
Here are some of the reactions to Warnock’s departure, with fans wishing he could have joined their club.
Warnock has left Cardiff, just a month too late, would've loved him up here #safc
— Lee Willingale (@lee_willingale) November 11, 2019
Would absolutely love Neil warnock at Safc
— Tom (@Leech27Tom) November 11, 2019
can #SAFC sack parkinson and bring in Neil Warnock
— Geoffrey Gibson BSc (@geoffreygibson1) November 11, 2019
@safc get Neil Warnock back in
— Kyle Ward (@KyleWard00) November 11, 2019
Neil Warnock would have been a great fit for us. Why couldn’t he have left a couple of weeks ago #SAFC
— Kiel Tulloch (@KielTulloch) November 11, 2019
Know we’ve just got a manager but Warnock at Sunderland would be brilliant #SAFC
— David Hindmarsh (@DavidHindmarsh7) November 11, 2019
Would be perfect for us. It needs someone like him to give the players a kick up the backside.
— James Walton (@James82safc) November 11, 2019