Things had seemed a little quite in the Championship this season, but that’s all about to change now Neil Warnock is back in the game.
The Englishman has replaced Paul Trollope at Cardiff City, and we’ve highlighted three things Bluebirds fans can expect from their new gaffer.
He may have been out of the picture since saving Rotherham from relegation last season, but Warnock has kept abreast of goings on in the football landscape.
In just nine days the 67-year-old has brought in four free transfers, each of whom Cardiff fans will likely be familiar with.
Kieron Richardson and Sol Bamba have arrived, while Marouane Chamakh and Junior Hoilett reunite with their old boss following spells at QPR and Crystal Palace respectively.
With the Welsh club sitting second from bottom, those arrivals aren’t to be sniffed at and some fresh faces can only be a good thing at this stage.
Secondly, it won’t have gone unnoticed by Vincent Tan and his advisors, that Warnock boasts some near-unrivalled Championship and Football League pedigree.
The Yorkshireman can count seven promotions on his C.V, including leading Sheffield United and QPR into the Premier League.
And last season Warnock proved he can work his magic at the other end of the table too.
Joining Rotherham in February, with the club seemingly consigned to relegation, Warnock almost doubled the Millers’ points tally in the remaining months of the season in a run which included an 11-game unbeaten spell.
Indeed, that impact can be seen throughout Warnock’s career. In his second spell at Palace the Eagles won two and drew two of their first four games under his guide, while Leeds lost just one of six following Warnock’s appointment at Elland Road.
Go a little further back, and Warnock oversaw just one loss in his first eight during his first spell at QPR.
That said then, Cardiff fans should be feeling pretty confident about tomorrow’s derby with rivals Bristol City.
The Robins may be flying high in fifth thanks to the exploits of Tammy Abraham, but where there’s a Warnock there’s a way and the 9/5 on Cardiff’s new boss winning his first game in charge may tempt more than a few.
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