Cardiff City Column

Paul Trollope’s dismissal saw him become the third manager to be sacked by a Welsh side in quick succession, a Cardiff FC statement confirmed; Paul Trollope had been axed as First Team head coach with immediate effect after only five months in charge.

Later that evening, his successor was named in the form of experienced veteran manager Neil Warnock. The early bookies favourite Ryan Giggs was a frontrunner, yet the Bluebirds seemed to have made a wise and steady choice in a man with an impressive CV.

The former Sheffield United and Crystal Palace manager, 67, is seen as the man to steady the ship, however, the task facing a man more used to fighting for promotion; inherits a side struggling for form after a run of six defeats in seven games with the Bluebirds currently languishing in 23rd position going into the international break.

The appointment of Warnock means he brings with him his trusted backroom staff in the shape of Kevin Blackwell and Ronnie Jepson.

His first game in charge sees him take on in-form Bristol City in the Severn-side derby, before another tricky home game against Sheffield Wednesday on October 19th. The points picked up in those games will be a clear indicator, if Warnock can catapult the Bluebirds up the EFL table.

In his first press conference, Warnock said: “It’s been an interesting summer for me. I’ve always liked the club and got on with the fans. It’s my kind of supporters.”

Warnock isn’t necessarily going to implement a fresh brand of football to the club, instead wanting to win football matches. He added: “I want that place buzzing, I want that stadium full. I want people to look forward to Saturday’s.”

And chairman, Mehmet Dalman claimed that the club have targeted Warnock in the past, admitting: “He has been our first choice, not once but twice.”

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