Warnock leaves Cardiff
Veteran manager Neil Warnock has left Championship side Cardiff City, who were relegated from the Premier League last season.
The 70-year-old was in the final year of his current Cardiff contract, and had already confirmed that he wouldn’t be continuing beyond the end of the current season, but after Sunday’s defeat to Bristol City, the Bluebirds, who earned promotion in 2016-17, are 14th in the Championship table.
Warnock got the job in October 2016 and said that his three years there had been some of the best times of his football career, but that he and the club agreed that the team need a new voice.
The head coach, who has been involved in football management since 1980, was in charge of Cardiff for 144 games, leading them to 59 wins, 29 draws and 56 defeats, and guiding them to the top flight in his second season at the club, recording his eighth promotion as a manager.
Cardiff lasted one season at the top level before being relegated to the Championship, but although they started the current season as one of the favourites to win promotion with sports betting companies, they have struggled to impose themselves on the division.
Speaking about the departure of Warnock, the chairman at Cardiff, Mehmet Dalman, thanked him for his contribution, adding that he played a pivotal role in uniting the fans and the club.
Warnock also thanked Dalman for his support, particularly during the current year, which he said was one of the most difficult that he had dealt with during his career.
He also thanked the rest of the hierarchy at the club, and the fans, for whom he had delivered a second spell in the Premier League.
His achievements at Cardiff were significant, as he took a team who had been in danger of relegation and turned them into promotion candidates, though he struggled with limited resources to make them competitive in the Premier League.
Warnock’s style of play may not be something that the next manager wishes to copy, but given that the team are only seven points off the Championship play-offs, the club will want to ensure minimal disruption when they consider the list of applicants to replace him.
Words: Man Ngo