Cardiff City: Boss Warnock wants money for promotion push – BBC Sport

Cardiff City: Boss Warnock wants money for promotion push - BBC Sport

Neil Warnock reveals what it would take to keep him at Cardiff City

Neil Warnock says he must be given money to spend on new players if he is to stay as Cardiff City manager.

After the Bluebirds were relegated from the Premier League last Saturday, Warnock said he had “no idea” where he would be next season.

“I think its vital that we can look to get two or three signings as quickly as possible really,” said Warnock.

“Im seeing Mehmet [Dalman, Cardiff chairman] and Ken [Choo, chief executive] on Monday. Were having a full day together, discussing all aspects of the club.

“Im aware of what Vincents said but Ive been so busy, Ive had so many things to do, I havent really had the time.

“I think weve arrived as a football club this year. Were a big club now and weve got to think big now.”

Cardiff are away at Manchester United for their final Premier League match of the season on Sunday, and it is possible Tan might be at Old Trafford.

When Warnock was appointed in October 2016, Cardiff were fighting relegation in the Championship but then, in his first full campaign the following season, he led them to promotion.

The former Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers manager is a firm fans favourite among the Bluebirds faithful and he was given a warm ovation at the Cardiff City Stadium last Saturday despite the confirmation of his sides relegation following their home loss to Crystal Palace.

Warnock is now planning ahead for next season and, with work to do on and off the field, he is looking to Burnley as a shining example after Sean Dyches side made an immediate return to the Premier League in 2016 following their relegation a year earlier.

“We will need two or three signings to get us up there and give us a shout because thats what I want to do,” said Warnock.

“Thats what Burnley did when they got relegated – they signed a few good players, started on their new training ground and came straight back up.”

Manchester United have wasted a lot of money in recent years, says Cardiff boss Neil Warnock, who has questioned whether the Red Devils are any better off than when David Moyes was manager.

United have not won the Premier League since 2013, when Sir Alex Fergusson led them to the title in his last season as manager before retirement.

His successor Moyes did not finish a full season in charge and, after Ryan Giggs brief spell as caretaker, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho were appointed with mixed success.

Over £400 million ($521m) has been spent on players since Moyes sacking and Warnock feels current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaers tenure will be judged on how well his signings perform.

Speaking ahead of Cardiffs trip to United on Sunday, Warnock said: He (Solskjaer) will be judged on the signings he makes and how much money they spend, because they have wasted a lot of money.

“I was listening to David Moyes last week at some stage… are they any better off than when David was there? And theyve spent about £400m since then.

“Youve got to have a structure where you try and sign the best players that can be available for your job to actually move the club forward. It does seem that over the past few years, Im not sure how much thought has gone into some of the signings.

“I cant see them catching the two top clubs up for another four or five years. But I think they will.”

Several expensive signings that United have made failed to make the desired impact upon joining the club, including the likes of Angel Di Maria and Alexis Sanchez, while others such as Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku have been inconsistent.

United are currently 29 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, and 28 points behind arch-rivals Liverpool, which shows just how big a challenge Solskjaer and his Red Devils face in trying to close the gap to the top two.

The best result United can hope to get from this season is a fifth-place finish in the league, but that depends on Arsenal failing to beat Burnley and Solskjaers men being able to take all three points from Cardiff at Old Trafford on Sunday.

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