Football can, and has, taken on many different forms over the years. Sometimes it isn’t necessarily the most beautiful of sports in the world, whereas in other instances, it absolutely is. You can get figures who utilise both forms pretty well and tend to float back and forth, but in addition to that, you can get people who are completely and utterly on one side of the spectrum and aren’t afraid to show it.
A special figure – kind of
We believe that Neil Warnock is the kind of guy that really doesn’t care about what people think when it comes to his style of football, with the masses pretty much universally agreeing that it isn’t all that great to watch.
A lot of Cardiff City fans would probably tend to agree – at least, based on what happened to them this season. They suffered relegation back down into the Championship at the first time of asking, although you can’t say they didn’t put up a fight. Even with that being the case there were serious question marks over the future of Warnock, but as reported by BBC and The Guardian, it seems as if the veteran will live to fight another day.
He will not only remain the manager of the Bluebirds, but he will also help in the search for his successor when he decides to hang up his boots. Warnock has never been shy when it comes to giving his thoughts and opinions, so it should be interesting to see what kind of boss he goes after when he’s gone.
In terms of Cardiff’s future, though, it’ll be interesting to see how most of their fans react. Neil is a divisive figure at the best of times for a lot of us as neutrals, but when he’s actually your manager, we can kind of understand why he’d be a little bit more appealing. He’s not the nicest of blokes to deal with in a general sense and he’d probably be one of the first people to admit that, but at least he’s honest. He comes across as a Mick McCarthy figure, only much meaner and not quite as good.
With that being said he is considered to be something of a master when it comes to the art of promotion, which is what a lot of Cardiff supporters will care about. There’s a great chance they’ll be right back in the mix for a spot in the top six next season, and beyond that, they’ll probably be one of the favourites for an automatic promotion spot too.
The league does get more competitive with each and every passing year so we can’t say that for sure, but the competition doesn’t look quite as terrifying next season in comparison to this one. Norwich, Sheffield United and one of Villa/Leeds/Derby will be gone, and there aren’t too many other sides that stand out in our mind right now.
Can the Warnock effect pay off once again? There’s absolutely no reason to believe it won’t (unless he retires).