Neil Warnock leaves Cardiff City a hero. He answered the call when it came and pulled Cardiff from a really bad place.
Yet three years on, Warnocks time is up. But where did it go wrong for the manager?
Transfer issues – Scott Salter
I think Warnock performed best when he was up against it. When he didn’t really have much money to work with and had to pull the scraps together and get the best out of them.
Look at the likes of Sol Bamba, Neil Etheridge and more. Warnock pulled them from obscurity and got the best out of them.
I think it turned sour when Warnock had money to work with. Sadly, his transfers fell short of what was needed. Over £40million spent on Glatzel, Flint, Reid, Murphy, Madine and a couple of others is a lot of money on players either not good enough or did not fit Warnock’s system.
Sadly, I think that’s where it went wrong. There were a lot of other factors – and I think the impact of the Emiliano Sala tragedy cannot be underestimated – but for me, the money wasted is a major factor.
He stopped winning – Ben James
I know it seems obvious but Warnock’s football is so dependent on results that when the wins stop coming, then the fallibilities of his football come to the fore. When he was winning, everything was rosy and there were no questions asked. We looked dominant and solid.
But this season? Things just looked bad. Even when we won, questions were being asked. But being so reliant on direct and attritional football, and not having a plan B, means things look even worse when success doesn’t come. And that’s what happened this season.
Some losses are forgivable but the recent Swansea lost was the final straw. We looked completely lost and that’s when it became toxic. Sadly, I don’t think there was any way back from that game.
He stayed on too long – Paul Gronow
One of my favourite programmes of all time is The Office (the UK version), Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant knew that the greats didn’t outstay their welcome and always kept their programmes to two series and a special. Neil Warnock should have done the same.
The best time for him to leave would have been after our promotion campaign although i fully understand why he didn’t, who can blame him for wanting to give staying up one more shot?
If he’d left when we went up, his legacy would have been unblemished and he’d have walked away with nothing but good memories. I know hindsight is 20/20 but I’m sure he’d agree with me and say that was the time to go, 18 months later with mid-table Championship football on show and it’s somewhat tarnished.
He will always remain a legend of the club, i just wish he’d done his Christmas specials and left us all wanting more.
He’d taken Cardiff as far as he could – Dan Moffat
I think it’s hard to pinpoint the specific reasons why we haven’t been the same team this season.
Clearly the team have lacked that grit and determination that has been a staple of Warnock’s Cardiff City, and it was especially lacking in the two games we needed it most – against Swansea and Bristol. Although the performance against the latter was much more encouraging, we were still bullied by Lee Johnson’s side, handing them their first win at the CCS.
Then there’s the transfer dealings. We know that Warnock has worked wonders with the bargain buys – Etheridge, Mendez-Laing, Paterson and Bamba for example, who have all been key players for Warnock over the past 3 years.
But then you look at his big money buys, Bobby Reid (10M), Josh Murphy for (10M) Gary Madine (6M) Greg Cunningham (4M), and you could arguably add Aden Flint (4M) to that list too. That’s 34 million pounds which has been generally a waste. There has been an issue with transfer dealings at the club for a number of years, with Andreas Cornelius, Javi Guerra and OGS’s Norwegian trio springing to mind.
At the end of the day, Warnock has always put the club first, and he’s doing that again by stepping down. He knows he has probably taken the club and the players as far as he possibly can, and is now offering the baton to someone else who can hopefully revive our season. Thank You Neil.