Expect Neil Warnock's Cardiff to flirt with the play-offs

Mike Holden (@Ratings_Mike) looks at what we can expect from Neil Warnock and Cardiff during the 2017/18 Championship season.

Background

Neil Warnock has brought positivity flooding back to the Welsh capital, his infectious enthusiasm and up-and-at-em approach convincing fans they can dare to dream of something better than mediocrity. Having replaced Paul Trollope last October, Warnock began changing attitudes overnight and seven wins in ten league outings at the start of 2017 was a taste of the standards he will aim to sustain this time around. Lee Tomlin is the stellar name among some intriguing transfer business. The Bluebirds are going to have a right good go.

Personality

Highly extravert, Warnock always puts himself at the heart of the community wherever he works and immerses himself in the region. He talks for twice as long as your average manager during pre-match briefings and loves to tell stories, feeding reporters all sorts of tidbits about conversations he’s had with his players and other managers recently. He’s also exceptional at up-managing, giving owners and chairman a real sense of involvement in his work, which can be helpful when you start asking them for more money to spend.

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Verdict

Given the change in mood around the club, in stark contrast to the past three years, you could argue this season is already a success. Warnock has somehow managed to convince everyone that a promotion push is possible, while at the same time keeping it real, creating a climate in which there’s virtually no potential downside. With all his experience, you'd fancy Warnock to have the Bluebirds flirting with the top six at some stage but sustaining that standard over 46 matches might be asking a bit too much.

Prediction: top half

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