Neil Warnock. Pic: Getty Images.

Warnock Targeting Ninth Promotion Before Handing Over To Bluebirds Successor He Will help Find

Neil Warnock wants to extend his promotion record to nine by leading Cardiff City to an instant return to the Premier League.

And then the Bluebirds boss plans to hand over to a successor he will help the club find.

Warnock has agreed to see out the final year of his contract after talks in London on Monday with chairman Mehmet Dalman and chief executive Ken Choo.

The 70-year-old, who was appointed in October 2016 and led Cardiff to that record eighth promotion two seasons ago, has also had the blessing of owner Vincent Tan.

“When you get relegated the manager’s position is usually in doubt,” Warnock told BBC Wales today.

“But Vincent made it clear last week that he wanted me to stay, and how can you not want to when you see how the fans have been with me over the last couple of years?

“It rankles a little bit that we got relegated. I just feel it’s not the time to change with the squad I’ve got and the players I want to bring in.

“But we’ve got to obviously look for a replacement for me now.

“I would like to think we could do well and I can help them in that selection.”

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing celebrates scoring his second goal against Manchester United.

City only missed out on surviving in the top-flight by two points after finishing the season with that stunning 2-0 victory at Manchester United.

But with the addition of a few players he reckons the squad’s knowledge of the Championship will prove key come next season.

“I thought it would be miracle when I came to the club to get my eighth promotion,” Warnock said.

“There’s going to be a lot of good clubs in the Championship next season, and none of the teams that went down last year are going back up.

“I feel we’ve got more chance of attaining success by keeping things how they are and adding to squad with two or three players.

“We have to stick together and I think that’s the advantage we’ve got over Fulham and Huddersfield.

“My lads know what the Championship is about, we’ve got players who can roll their sleeves up at any level.”



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