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Neil Warnock: I won’t have a problem if Cardiff sack me

The Bluebirds have made their worst start to a campaign since 1965.

Neil Warnock says he would not complain if Cardiff chose to sack him.

Warnock celebrated his two-year anniversary as Cardiff manager on Friday, and in that time he has taken the club from the foot of the Sky Bet Championship and in to the Premier League.

But veteran boss Warnock accepts he is under pressure to produce results, with Cardiff yet to win this season and just one place off the bottom of the Premier League.

“Vincent (Tan) is as difficult as any owner but his heart is in the right place and he wants to do well,” Warnock said ahead of Saturday’s trip to Wembley to take on Tottenham.

“If the time came when he felt someone would be a better option I wouldn’t have a problem with that.

“If we don’t get results, no doubt it will become someone else’s problem.

“What’s the worst scenario? I could go away with (wife) Sharon to Italy or somewhere and have a nice, relaxed Christmas.”

Cardiff have lost five times in seven games – including four in a row – since their surprise return to the top flight.

It is the Bluebirds’ worst start to a campaign since 1965 and only Huddersfield, who also have two points but have scored one fewer goal, are below them in the table.

“There is no doubt every manager is under pressure,” Warnock said.

“Every big agent nowadays is pushing managers’ names and I’ve already heard two or three being mentioned for my job.

“You hope the right people know what’s going on. You can only do your own job really, what will be will be.

“The worst thing used to be when the manager to be would come and watch the game.

“The following manager is there watching before you’ve had the sack! That’s happened to me a couple of times. Where you hear who is in the stand and then they take your job. That’s not easy to take.

“But I don’t want it to sour here. So we have to pull our fingers out and get the fans on board to keep us here until January, when we can get some fresh faces in.”

Cardiff head to Wembley after a damaging 2-1 home defeat to Burnley on Sunday which saw them attract negative time-wasting headlines for skipper Sean Morrison’s long throws.

Nearly 48 minutes in the game were lost to delays and time-wasting, of which a remarkable eight minutes were spent waiting for Morrison to take 20 long throw-ins.

It was later reported that the International FA Board (IFAB), who serve as football’s rule-makers, plan to introduce new measures to increase the amount of playing time in matches as part of their ‘Play Fair’ strategy.

“It looked like that if Sean got an injury to his arm, we might have to cancel the game!” Warnock joked.

“I don’t see anything we’re doing that’s not in the laws of the game.

“If they want to change it then it’s up to them (IFAB), but there’s a few more rules they ought to change before they get to that one.”


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