By Mark Wyatt
Paul Trollope has been sacked as Cardiff City manager with immediate effect with assistant coach Lennie Lawrence and performance director Ryland Morgans also following him out the door.
Trollope’s replacement has been found swiftly as 67-year old Neil Warnock was welcomed into the club within 24 hours of Trollope’s departure.
The club’s website released this statement on Tuesday morning: “Cardiff City Football Club can confirm that Paul Trollope’s contract has been terminated with immediate effect. We would like to thank Paul for his efforts and wish him the very best of luck for the future.”
By Wednesday morning they had announced that the former Rotherham manager Warnock had been selected to replace Trollope, after wide speculation that he would be the man selected to join the Bluebirds.
The decision to sack Trollope comes after he managed to win just two of his eleven league games in charge of the Bluebirds and suffered defeat in the EFL Cup at the hands of his former club Bristol Rovers.The 44 year-old replaced Russell Slade over the summer, being appointed on May 18th, but after a dismal start to the season he admitted that he was under pressure after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat by Burton.
Trollope’s sacking makes him the third manager of a Welsh team to lose his job this season already. Swansea City sacked Francesco Guidolin on Monday and Newport’s Warren Feeney lost his job last week.
Neil Warnock’s swift appointment on Wednesday was followed with the announcement that Kevin Blackwell would be the new assistant-manager and Ronnie Jepson would come in as the new first-team coach.
Warnock’s pedigree should cause great excitement for the Cardiff fans, his CV boasts an impressive seven promotions as a manager, most recently winning promotion to the Premier League with Queens Park Rangers in 2011.
Cardiff City don’t have a match again until they host Bristol City after the international break and Warnock will be keen to get his players together for the first time under his leadership as soon as possible.