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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?

Points are all that matters: Birmingham City have good words but fans need deeds

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After a run of eight consecutive defeats, words mean nothing to Birmingham City; points are all that matter.

The newly-appointed Blues boss tweeted:

Monk took over nine days ago and witnessed two narrow defeats, 1 – 0 to Middlesbrough and 3 – 2 at Cardiff City. Losing to two promotion hopefuls is no surprise but it leaves Birmingham firmly entrenched in the bottom three. If Barnsley win their game in hand, the Tykes will be five points clear of City with nine games to go.

The Blues need a sharp about-turn in form if they are to avoid the drop in what could be a seismic season for the Championship. Sunderland, propping up the table, and Birmingham City falling into League One? Two of the country’s biggest footballing areas are at the sharp end of the Championship stick.

Barnsley face Norwich City tonight at Oakwell, after which Birmingham’s position will be clearer. With Hull City visiting St Andrews this weekend, Birmingham need as many teams within their grasp to lose games as quickly as possible. It’s a real relegation six-pointer, as is the Easter Monday trip to Bolton Wanderers.

Needless to say, the Blues face an intense three weeks.

Monk received a message of support from Neil Warnock ahead of last weekend’s clash at the Cardiff City Stadium, as per a report from Birmingham Mail.

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“I’ve got a lot of time for Garry and I’m sure he’ll turn Birmingham City around and keep them in the division,” he wrote in his programme notes.

“Obviously I’ve got to hope that starts after today’s game but as a manager he is more than capable of lifting them up the league this season.”

Warnock and Monk have a long-standing friendship with the former being the first to congratulate the Blues boss when he took out over the reins at Swansea City.

Monk will be hoping the good wishes are the football equivalent of a four-leaf clover. So will the Blues’ long-suffering fans…

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock cautious even as record-breaking promotion beckons

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Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock cautious even as record-breaking promotion beckons

Was this the most decisive night in the 2017/18 Championship promotion race? If it was, Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock refuses to allow himself or his players to get carried away.

Aston Villa, the closest of the chasing pack, fell to a 3 – 1 home defeat to Queens Park Rangers while both Wolves and Cardiff City forged clear victories, the latter 3 – 1 at Griffin Park.

Brentford took an early lead but the Bluebirds hit back with three unanswered goals. Warnock, chasing a record seventh promotion, refuses to accept that the results mean his side has one foot in the Premier League. As per a report by Derby Telegraph, this is what he had to say.

“We don’t get carried away because if you do, you get kicked in the teeth in the Championship,” the Yorkshireman declared.

“I am not confident of anything in this league because we have some difficult games coming up.”

Cardiff find themselves seven points clear of third-placed Aston Villa but have difficult games ahead, beginning this weekend with the trip to Derby. After that, they face other promotion hopefuls Aston Villa, Wolves and Sheffield United.

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Warnock is confident that his players are in the right frame of mind for the run-in.

“All the boys are enjoying it,” he said. “They know that all the pressure is on the big clubs because of the expectation of their players.”

They proved to their manager their strength of character after what seemed a disastrous December. “To win seven on the trot is a great feeling,” Warnock said.

“In December I thought we’d never win another game because we lost four on the trot, but this is amazing.”

Recovering their form so spectacularly means he has no worries about going a goal down during matches.

“We showed great character after going one down but that’s what (the players) are like. They are together with great spirit, and long may it continue.”

Warnock praised Brentford as “brilliant” in the first ten minutes but was happy his players responded before the halfway point of the opening forty-five minutes. They won’t be allowed to rest on their laurels.

“Everyone put a shift in tonight but now it’s on to the next game,” Warnock said, ahead of a difficult few weeks ahead.

Neil Warnock signs new contract at Cardiff City until 2020

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Neil Warnock signs new contract at Cardiff City until 2020

It has been a sensational year for Cardiff City and their success has been down to one man; Neil Warnock. He has just put pen to paper on a new two-year contract that sees him through until May 2020.

Having guided both Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers to the Promised Land, Warnock is knowledgeable about how important this time of the season is and will see the contract extension as a reward for his hard work. But he knows the hard work is not over as Cardiff face Brentford this weekend as they look to make it nine games unbeaten.

The former Sheffield United man joined the club in October 2016 and has guided the club all the way up to 2nd place in the division, just six points behind once runaway leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers. His side keeps clawing away at the number one spot but realistically he will be hoping for an automatic promotion of any kind.

The Cardiff board fully believe Warnock is the man to carry on next season no matter what league they might be in and they are right to think so. He is still insisting that the playoffs are the aim for the Bluebirds but this will be a tactic to keep his players grounded and focused on the task in hand of playing in the Premier League for the first time since 2014.

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Warnock has built a strong side at Cardiff, who are a brilliant collective group for one another. With the side scoring 50 goals this year and only conceding 27, the lowest in the league, they look strong enough for promotion. The form of Junior Hoillett will have impressed the fans the most as he has eight goals and eight assists in the league thus far.

As well as the manager getting a new deal, both assistant manager Kenny Blackwell and first-team coach Ronnie Jepson got new deals which further promotes the chairman, Mehmet Dalman’s beliefs that the manager and his backroom staff are the future of Cardiff for the next two years.

Owner Vincent Tan made a statement to the club website about how happy he was with how things were going on the pitch and the recent January transfer window success. Well, with a four-game winning streak and bringing in several youth players as well as spending £6 million on Bolton’s top goal scorer Gary Madine, it was not a bad time to be the owner of Cardiff City.

Warnock deserves all the plaudits after his side finished 12th last season and he really has transformed the side into the promotion-chasing side they are today.