Neil Warnock loving life at the Championship summitby Jack Kitson / 29 August 2017, 14:59Tweet
It’s very early days but Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock will secretly be ecstatic at how his season has gone so far as the Championship takes a brief pause for the international break.
A glance at the second-tier table shows Cardiff City running the show at the summit after a faultless start to the campaign in which they’ve taken maximum points from their opening five games for the first time in the club’s history.
Saturday’s compelling come-from-behind 2-1 victory over his former club QPR, combined with Ipswich’s loss to Fulham, means Warnock’s men are now the only team in the Championship who are yet to drop a point so far this term.
Warnock is defying both pre-season expectations and odds, with Cardiff installed as the 13th favourites for promotion in the ante-post market - they're now second in the betting behind Wolves at 2/1.
Last October Warnock replaced Paul Trollope in the Cardiff dugout, steadying the ship, before leading the Bluebirds from 23rd to a top-half finish (12th).
During the summer the veteran gaffer, 68, lured in seven new faces at a cost of just £5m, and he’s worked wonders so far, with his troops roaring out of the blocks with five straight league wins.
Warnock, with a staggering 50 years experience in football, will know more than anyone that by no stretch of the imagination does a blistering start automicatally mean promotion is coming your way.
Just look at Bristol City last season.
On this subject Warnock said:
"Our supporters will be dreaming, but I know in this league your form can turn and you can quickly lose three or four games on the spin."
However, he believes that the play-offs will be a decent shout should Cardiff carry on the momentum after the international break:
"If we can be in and around the top four by the end of our September and October fixtures, then I think we'll have a decent chance of the play-offs. We'll have to wait and see."
(Quotes: Sky Sports)
What is for sure is that Warnock's men have the momentum at the moment as he bids to achieve a record eighth promotion, and in the process soar the Bluebirds back into the Premier League after a four-year absence.
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