June 23, 2021

Cardiff-Bristol City: All-change on Severnside after last season’s derbies cost two managers their jobs | Football News

first_imgLee Johnson led Bristol City to an eighth-place finish last seasonImage:Lee Johnson was sacked by Bristol City after a 1-0 defeat at Cardiff earlier this year – Advertisement – Transitioning from assistant to boss can be a tricky task but Holden appears to have handled the task well. “For me, the only change is I now make the big calls,” he says. Cardiff manager Neil WarnockImage:Neil Warnock left Cardiff after a 1-0 defeat to Bristol City last season Bristol City's Marley Watkins (left) in action with Cardiff's Marlon PackImage:Bristol City’s Marley Watkins (left) in action with Cardiff’s Marlon Pack – Advertisement – “There’s so much more to come from us as well and that starts tomorrow evening.”Dean Holden is the man who succeeded Johnson, meanwhile, appearing to be preferred over high-profile candidates interviewed such as Chris Hughton – and many doubters were silenced after a terrific start in the dugout.They ultimately finished 12th and have won five of their opening 10 games this season, keeping touch with the leading pack in seventh.- Advertisement – His players have taken to him. Callum O’Dowda has called Holden an “exceptional” head coach and commented that, while their relationship has not changed, the way the team plays has. And they will need that without the fans this weekend.“(The way we play) it has been a big transformation at this club,” he says. “If there were fans it would be an advantage. It’s a strange one, weird times, uncertain times but in a way we’ve got to create our own atmosphere.”Holden, meanwhile, sees the positive side and the ability for the team to “literally help out supporters get through the weekend”.“It’s as simple as that,” he said. “We know what it means to the wider community. Our job is to go out and put smiles on faces and let’s hope we can do that.” Rewind 12 months and the world looked very different – especially for the two Championship teams either side of the Severn Estuary.Cardiff and Bristol City both had different managers in Neil Warnock and Lee Johnson and were chasing a place in the top-six after mixed starts to the campaign – but the two Severnside derbies would ultimately cost both of them their jobs.- Advertisement – Neil Harris is now in charge at Cardiff and steered them into the play-offs, losing in the semi-finals to another local rival in Swansea City, and he admitted having to work “extremely hard at tidying up” when he arrived.“It’s been a little bit crazy at times. On the whole it’s been enjoyable and a learning curve but times flown,” he said ahead of the clash with Bristol City live on Sky Sports on Friday night. It is almost one year to the day since Warnock left after a 1-0 home defeat to Bristol City and it was the same result in the reverse fixture, eight months later and in the midst of a global pandemic, that saw Johnson sacked by the Robins.last_img

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