Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has given his press conference for tomorrow’s game in South Wales against Newcastle.
Warnock has done extremely well to get Cardiff promoted since he only joined them back in October 2016.
So in his first full season in charge, he had them automatically promoted in second place behind Wolves in May.
You cannot ask for more than that and it was Neil’s 8th promotion in his career.
And joining Cardiff was Warnock’s 17th management appointment since he went into management way back in 1980 – when I was a boy.
Rafa Benitez and Neil Warnock at St James’ Park, November 2016
We won 2-1
The news making the headlines from his press conference is not that he said Newcastle were a magnificent club and have a great team (he came close though) but rather he supported owner Mike Ashley.
He was asked about any Newcastle weaknesses, and we mustn’t have any because this is how he answered that question:
“I think that’s a bit of hot air.” “If you look at their squad and their players, they’ve improved from last year and they finished 10th last year.”
“So I don’t know how much more they could improve. I think that’s a bit tongue-in-cheek and I think Mike Ashley is an easy target: ‘Let’s blame him.’”
“You’ve only got to look at what the fans are saying.”
“But the one person Newcastle can’t afford to lose is Rafa. He’s in his last year now and it’ll be interesting to see how that develops because he’ll be targeted around the world I’m sure.”
“Newcastle are a good club, they’ve got some good players and a good following. Rafa’s done a good job and it promises to be a good atmosphere all round.”
“It’s an exciting time for everyone at the club, it’s going to be a cracking crowd, nearly a full house and it’s what we’ve been striving for.”
“When I came to the club, they’d thought I was in cloud cuckoo land if you’d said we’d be playing in front of a full house.”
“We’ve got as much chance of beating Arsenal as Newcastle, but I don’t’ worry too much at home about anyone.”
“Away from home I think we’re capable of getting results.”
“I understand there’s games more difficult than others but everyone is difficult to us.”
“I was pleased to get the opening week, disappointed about the goals but from a manager’s point of view, it was nice to see us in the game until the death.”
“I already know it’d be 100 times anything I’ve done in my career to keep us up in the league.” “I’m in the game for days like tomorrow, I’ve got goose-pimples thinking about it now.”
“The fans have been pivotal in my 8th promotion and I want to repay them with some enjoyment. At this stage of my career, and with the financial situation we’re dealing with, it makes me more determined.”
Cardiff lost 2-0 at Bournemouth last week.
Rafa will be giving his press conference within the hour, and he will not want to talk too much about the transfer window.
That’s over and if the seven players we brought in are as good as we think they are we could have a good season, and finish maybe higher than 10th place.
It’s time now to concentrate on the football while Rafa’s Recruitment team scout the three or four players we can sign in January.