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Danny Ward discloses that Neil Warnock was the reason why he preferred Cardiff

Danny Ward discloses that Neil Warnock was the reason why he preferred Cardiff over Ipswich.


As per Ward, his experience of playing under Warnock was fantastic when he was given the charge of Rotherham on an interim basis in 2016. The 69-year old had done some wonderful work coming in at a difficult time and had managed to avoid Rotherham’s relegation from the second tier which was looking certain at one point of time. And not only him, but, his associates as well, they were mighty impressive as a coaching staff.

Also when he talked to some of the players in the Cardiff City squad whom he knows personally and is close to, they all gave him positive feedback about Warnock and none of them told him anything which would have created any sort of doubt in his mind.

Ward admits that Cardiff is situated far away from where he belongs to, but, he insists that it’s not that he doesn’t have any connections over there. He has got a few mates in that City and a few mates even in the Bluebirds’ squad and secondly, it’s the chance of working with the coach he rates so highly which really helped him come to his decision.

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WARNOCK SETS SIGHTS ON PLAYOFFS NEXT SEASON

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has said that reaching the Championship play-offs next term would be a big reach with their current budget.


They are currently 17 points off the playoff spot this year as they are 12th on the log.

The Bluebirds struggled when the season went underway but under Warnock’s leadership, they have steadily risen through the log. They played a goalless draw with Wigan Athletic recently but they have been consistent overall.

“We need a few more goals, we need a few more options off the bench. It’s going to be a massive achievement for everybody at the club if we can get up there near the playoffs next season with the budget we’ve got and the amount we’re going to spend,” he coach told the BBC.

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Warnock not afraid of sacking

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has stated that he is not scared of being sacked by the club as he is sure of getting another job.


He believes that there is a shortage of good managers in the game at the moment and that will give him a lot of opportunities.

Warnock said that he has plenty of experience in the Championship and this should allow him to coach any other club. For this reason, he is not afraid of losing his job if ever the Cardiff City board decided to sack him.

Cardiff City is currently 13th in the Championship and are currently on a good run of form. Many pundits were tipping Cardiff City to make a serious push for promotion this season, but they were let down by a poor start to the season.

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CARDIFF DEFENDER BAMBA CHARGED BY FA

Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba has been charged by the Football Association for his actions in the draw at Ipswich.


Bamba received a red card for his actions and he is poised to serve a two-game ban. However, the player could serve more match ban with the charge.

Jonathan Douglas roughly tackled Bamba, 31, during the game. The African reacted angrily, confronting the referee, fourth official and his manager Neil Warnock. Cardiff will ask for a personal hearing in light of the charge, Warnock claimed.

“We’re going to ask for a personal hearing. I think that’ll be done today,” Warnock said.

The club has until Friday evening to respond to the charge. Warnock admits that Samba behaved rashly but added that the club would contest some areas with the FA.

“We spoke to Sol yesterday and [Thursday] we looked at all the videos that the league have sent us and whilst we agree his conduct wasn’t right, we do have certain discrepancies in the report we find so we will be looking at a personal hearing for that,” the manager said.

Warnock added that the club would deal with the player internally later but was focused on dealing with the situation at hand. Warnock blamed the referee James Adcock for playing the advantage after Bamba was fouled.

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Neil Warnock has confirmed that Puncheon apologized to him

For the past few weeks, English football has been undergoing a series of corruption allegations which has even led to Sam Allardyce being removed from his managerial position in the English national football team.


Barnsley FC also had to remove their assistant head coach Tommy Wright as it was believed that he had taken payments in order to arrange for Barnsley to purchase part-owned players from a non-existent Far East firm.

Tommy Wright was initially suspended but after more investigations were done and everything appeared to have been indeed true, Wright was sacked a few days later.

Neil Warnock of Cardiff City is the latest figure of English football that has been involved with corruption scandals. These claims were made by Jason Puncheon who has worked alongside Neil Warnock in the Premier League a few years ago with Queens Park Rangers and with Crystal Palace.

Jason Puncheon recently released messages through his twitter account where he accused Warnock of doing things that are considered to be as dishonest and related to corruption.

Warnock responded by saying that all of these accusations of Puncheon were complete and utterly falseand it was later stated that the FA Commission had considered all of the messages and statements which were released by Puncheon to be unfounded without any real evidence.

Warnock said: “These allegations are completely and utterly false.The FA Commission considered all of the evidence in detail in 2014 and it found that the allegations which were published about me were unfounded. Any suggestion that the FA failed to investigate this matter is simply untrue’’

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DERBY COUNTY SPENDING FOR PREMIER LEAGUE STATUS

Derby County is reported to be lining up £14 million bid for Bristol City player Jonathan Kodija, despite having just splashed £8 million to get Matej Vydra this summer.


The prospects of putting up the signings in Paul Trollope’s 5-3-2 formation seem exciting. The signings are sure to make the Championship a two tiered division financially, particularly as parachute payments are set to end for Cardiff. Cardiff are reported to be set o leave the top tier football division.

The additions to Derby are exciting, not just because of the huge sums involved but of the likely change in the formation. For some seasons, the squad has been using the 4-3-3 formation, with Nigel Peterson not ready for the change. The system leaves room for only Chris Martin as striker, even though he is one of the finest players outside the Premier League.

In the reserves, there’s Darren Bent, talented Red Devils youngster James Wilson, and £3 million signing Nick Blackma. The combined transfer fees are up to £50 million. Also, there’s Andreas Weimann, Tom Ince, Johnny Russell, and Abdoul Camara which Cardiff have to deal with.

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Paul Trollope is willing to offload most of his players

The recently appointed head coach of Cardiff City, Paul Trollope has revealed details concerning his current squad as the English manager stated that every player has his price and that if the right offer comes along it could see just about any of his performers leaving the team.


Paul Trollope took over the managerial role of Cardiff City at the end of the 2015-16 English League Championship season when Russell Slade opted to take up the role of head of football in the club.

Russell Slade resigned from that role around 1 month later but Paul Trollope has remained in his managerial position.

Things have not kicked off the way that Paul Trollope or his players or the fans of the club would have wanted as Cardiff City have lost 2 matches and drawn 1 out of their 3 opening games of the 2016-17 English League Championship season which kicked off a few weeks ago.

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FREDERIC GOUNONGBE JOINS CARDIFF

Cardiff City confirm the signature of Frederic Gounongbe from Belgian club KVX Westerlo.


The 28-year old forward is set to make an appearance in the coming season after his contract expired at De Kemphanen. He joined the club as a free agent after impressing Cardiff City with his 22 goals statistics in the Jupiler Pro League. He becomes the second signing for City after Lex immers joined recently.

Gounongbe said: “Coming to the UK and playing my football here is a big challenge and I’m excited about performing in front of the Bluebirds’ fans. Cardiff City head coach Paul Trollope is still on duty with the Welsh national team in France. Wales recently defeated Belgium 3-1 in a shocking and entertaining game at the quarterfinal stage of the Euro 2016 tournament.

The executive director of the club as well as the CEO Ken Choo added: “We delighted to be able to bring Frederic into the fold, who will add to our already accomplished squad.”

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CARDIFF CITY MANAGER NOT CERTAIN OF FUTURE

Cardiff City football club manager, Russell Slade, is unsure of his future as his side missed out on the Championship play-offs.

The Bluebirds lost by three nil at Sheffield Wednesday this past weekend leaving them seven points adrift of the top six with one game left in the season.


The current contract of the coach is due to lapse at the end of this campaign but when asked if he expects to be in charge next season, Slade told BBC Sport:

“We’ll see. At the end of the day, it will be the owners’ decision.”

The coach may have overseen an unlikely Championship play-off this season but the truth is Slade has not been accepted by some Cardiff fans. Gary Hooper scored two goals as Sheffield Wednesday sealed their play-off place at their expense. The former Leyton Orient boss said:

“We’ve made progress. It’s my job, the team’s job and the staff’s job now to see if we can take that even further.

“We’ve made progress under difficult circumstances at times. We are going the right way.

“We had a bad day at the office today. We have to get over that. They always happen in football – it’s how you respond and react.

“I still believed we could get in that top six today and take it to the last game. Anything could’ve happened, but it’s not to be.”

He also added that their poor away record affected them this season but hopes they win their last game. He said:

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Bury does not fear anyone according to Boss

Bury’s manager, David Flitcroft has stated that they do not fear anyone despite their current poor run. Bury will be away to league leaders Burton during the weekend, and the manager feels that they have turned a corner.

Bury has only managed to collect 4 points away from home from a possible 39 points and will be facing in Burton, a team that has conceded only two defeat at home. Flitcroft does not want to let himself overwhelm with statistics and believe that his side is much better one despite what the table shows.

The manager has stated that he has a plan for the match against Burton, and he wants his players to follow it if they want to come back with a result. He will want a repeat of the performance against Blackpool where Bury managed to get out with a draw.

David Flitcroft will want his players to give everything in the final games of the season and would want them to stay focus on the game plan.

The manager believes that there are not a great deal that separates the teams at the top of the league from the rest. The only difference is that the top teams has a better finishing and score more goals.

For the game against Burton, Flitcroft will have Craig Jones and Kelvin Etuhu back in the team. Jones was on a good run of form before suffering from a concussion at Blackpool while Etuhu will be back after two months.