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Cardiff City are up in Warnock’s nifty footwork

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Neil Warnock will see Cardiff City promoted to the Premier League in one of the automatic places if his tactics are as devious as his money-making skills, reckons Paul Peschisolido.

Warnock already has a record seven promotions to his name and is on course for his eighth as the Bluebirds chirp happily in second, seven points clear of third-placed Fulham.

But the Canadian striker recalls a tale from his Sheffield United days which underlines just what a wily character Warnock is.

A team-building weekend in Scarborough saw the Sheffield-born manager organise a ten-pin bowling match. Peschisolido takes up the story in his wife, Karen Brady’s column in The Sun,

“He convinced us all to put £10 in the pot, winner takes all.

“We agreed for some fun, then he pulled out his own bowling shoes and custom ball, shot 250 and took all our money!”

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Warnock is a marmite character with his abrasive outbursts winning him as many fans as detractors. Few can argue with his footballing nous as he lifted a Cardiff City squad which finished 12th in 2016/17 to 2nd this season, all with a net spend of £10m during the season’s two transfer windows.

Add into that, when his players needed him to react, he found the answers. Four consecutive defeats, including a damaging 4 – 2 home loss to Fulham, brought nine wins in eleven unbeaten matches, with seven on the bounce.

Cardiff City are not to be under-estimated. Wolverhampton Wanderers visit south Wales next week followed by a match which may seal the Bluebirds return to the top-flight: Aston Villa away.

No-one is left in any doubt with Warnock about who is boss. His motto is “Work hard, listen to what I say, do what I say and we can achieve something together.”

After arriving at the club, he told the squad he wanted his eighth promotion with them despite witnessing their 2 – 1 Carabao Cup defeat at home to Burton Albion.

Warnock weaved his magic so far but can he find the spell to cast over his Midlands rivals when it counts?

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