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Cardiff boss Warnock: Wigan no threat under Joyce

Neil Warnock has been busy winning friends again Credit: PA

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has taken a swipe at sacked Wigan manager Warren Joyce by saying he did not consider the Latics to be a "threat" once they appointed him in November.

Former Manchester United Under-21 boss Joyce was sacked on Monday after winning only six of his 24 games in charge at the DW Stadium.

Cardiff are currently 13th in the Sky Bet Championship but were a point above the drop zone, and Wigan, in 21st when Joyce took charge.

Warnock has told BBC Radio Wales he saw the move as a bad one for the Latics, however.

No disrespect but when Wigan appointed him, I was delighted. I didn't think they were going to be a threat to us.

I like Warren but you can't just put someone into the Championship who's never been there - it's nothing like youth football.

I'm in a unique situation for a manager because I'm not bothered if I get the sack - they can sack me tomorrow if they want.

If I want another job, I can get another job.

That's not being conceited, I just don't see many good managers around.

There used to be hundreds, you could name them all but the Championship is not like any other league.

– Neil Warnock

Cardiff made second bid for winger Hayes - McInnes

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has revealed Cardiff made a near-identical second bid for winger Jonny Hayes.

The Dons rejected the offer, believed to be worth about £500,000, and McInnes called for the situation to be resolved quickly as he looks ahead to a William Hill Scottish Cup fourth-round contest with Stranraer on Saturday.

Jonny Hayes has impressed in Scotland. Credit: PA

McInnes said: "They have come in with another bid. They came in with a bid last night (Wednesday) but it was the exact same offer, just structured differently. There was no more money involved.

"We have a high regard for Jonny Hayes and all our players, and if they or anybody else has the same regard as Jonny Hayes as we do at the club, from every supporter to the chairman to myself to his team-mates, they will see that bid for what it is. He is worth a lot more to us than that."

Brighton v Cardiff called off because of heavy fog

The match day officials decided the fog was too heavy. Credit: Reuters

Brighton's Championship fixture against Cardiff has been called off because of heavy fog at the Amex Stadium.

Match officials carried out an inspection at 5.15pm and another at 5.45pm before consulting with both clubs, and deciding that visibility was not good enough for the game to go ahead.

Warnock confirms Richardson and Chamakh exits

Richardson started just two league games for Cardiff. Credit: PA

Cardiff pair Kieran Richardson and Marouane Chamakh have left the Championship club.

The pair were signed as free agents in the week Neil Warnock arrived as Cardiff manager at the start of October.

"They have left this week," Warnock said ahead of his side's trip to Championship leaders Brighton on Friday.

"They have been good professionals, but we need to manipulate this squad and those two are easy as their contracts are up.

"They will both find clubs."

Neither player figured prominently under Warnock.

Former England midfielder Richardson, 32, started only two league games and made four further appearances from the bench.

And Morocco striker Chamakh, also 32, made only two substitute appearances and has not figured since the 2-1 defeat at Newcastle on November 5.


FA charge Cardiff defender over sending off

Sol Bamba had a strange turn. Credit: PA

The Football Association have charged Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba for his actions during the game with Ipswich.

The centre-back was sent off after involving himself in altercations, including his own manager Neil Warnock and the fourth official.

Souleymane Bamba has been charged by The FA in relation to Cardiff City’s game at Ipswich Town on 10 December 2016.

It is alleged that his language and/or behaviour in or around the 69th minute of the fixture was abusive and/or insulting and/or threatening and is considered sufficiently serious to warrant an additional sanction.

He has until 6pm on 16 December 2016 to respond to the charge.

– FA Statement

Ex-Liverpool and Man City striker takes Cardiff role

Craig Bellamy previously played for Cardiff. Credit: PA

Former Wales international Craig Bellamy has returned to Cardiff City as the club's player development manager.

Bellamy, who also played for Manchester City and Liverpool, will oversee the development of the club's youngsters as they attempt to make it to Neil Warnock's first team.

I want to say ‘thank you’ to Tan Sri Vincent Tan, Mehmet Dalman, Ken Choo and Neil Warnock for giving me the opportunity of beginning my first coaching role with Cardiff City Football Club.

It's a position at the club that I feel very passionately about and one that comes with huge responsibility. To be appointed in such a role is a fantastic honour for me.

– Craig Bellamy

Cardiff defender Bamba sorry for sending off

Sol Bamba had a strange turn. Credit: PA

Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba has issued an apology for his sending off against Ipswich on Saturday.

The centre-back was dismissed after becoming aggressive on the pitch and pushing a number of people, including his own manager Neil Warnock, in bizarre scenes.

I want to apologise to the Cardiff City supporters, my team-mates and manager for my conduct during Saturday’s game at Ipswich.

Whilst I was extremely angry with the challenge on me at the time, it did not condone my reaction and I accept that the referee had no choice but to show me a red card.

I’ve spoken to my manager and team-mates and apologised to them in person.

I’ve had a fantastic time at Cardiff City since joining in October and I look forward to returning. My intention will then be to make further amends with my performances on the pitch.

– Sol Bamba
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