Warnock's Bluebirds Flying High

Cardiff's start to their 2017/2018 Championship campaign has been nothing short of exceptional. Warnock's men are surprising many as they reach the winter in one of the two coveted automatic promotion spots.

The Bluebirds currently sit second and have shown that they have enough class to keep their promotion charge up. The Championship is a robust league that is the epitome of the battle of attrition. Once the 46 league fixtures are complete there is no single team on the table where they shouldn't be. Over the course of the gruelling Championship season teams will be found out and broken down if they do not have the durability to ride out the numerous challenges that lie in wait.

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With Neil Warnock at the helm for Cardiff, there is very little chance that they will be bullied or underprepared coming into the crucial winter months. Warnock is renowned for his rugged and vigorous approach when it comes to man management and certainly doesn't mince his words when he feels his players need a dressing-down. He is a no-nonsense type of character that is a master at getting teams promoted. What his style of football may lack in charm it makes up with complete effectiveness.

Historically if Warnock's teams can negotiate the opening stages of the season then they are able to see the job through. Cardiff's current position will be an ominous sign for the rest of the league as they look well poised to keep accumulating the necessary points needed for promotion. Fans of Cardiff City will be on a high with a possible return to England's top flight after relegation in 2014 saw them finish bottom of the log after only one season in the Premier League.

The only impending distraction that may derail Warnock's focused troops could be the start of the FA Cup in January. Go down to the Cardiff City Stadium on a match day and the fans will tell you what their priority is. A drawn-out cup run could stagnate their current league momentum and take them off course. Promotion is a lot more likely and attainable with Cardiff backed at 7/4 to go up when compared to their chances of FA Cup glory, which is priced at 150/1 in recent FA Cup betting. Manager Neil Warnock is experienced enough to know that and won't let anything get in the way of another promotion on his CV.



The Yorkshire born manager has no fewer than seven promotions on his CV and is eyeing up his 8th with Cardiff. Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield United were the Championship teams Warnock has taken up and there is just cause for a sense of excitement and anticipation within the city given his track record.

Nothing is achieved in November and Cardiff's Champion race is far from run but the wily Warnock has the Bluebirds flying in formation. When Warnock landed the Cardiff job last autumn this was the exact position he and the owners would have wanted to be in. It now remains to be seen whether the 67-year-old Warnock can get the Bluebirds to their destination of promotion unscathed.

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