Warnock extends Cardiff stay

Cardiff City have confirmed that Neil Warnock will stay with the club as they seek an immediate return to the Premier League.

The Bluebirds ended their single season back in the top flight at the weekend, ending with a 2-0 win at Manchester United.

City owner Vincent Tan said he wanted Warnock to remain at the club and afterwards the manager himself said that he would have another year in the Championship though he ruled out managing again in the Premier League.

Now it appears that has been confirmed with "positive" talks having taken place and chairman Mehmet Dalman said: "He is the best man for the job, there was never any doubt in my mind.

"We all share the same vision. We will give it (promotion) another go."

Warnock has a year left on his contract and had apparently sought assurances that there was money to add to the squad in an attempt to engineer an immediate return to the Premier League.

Adding to the squad is the priority now having already lost Icelandic midfielder Aaron Gunnarsson while Harry Arter and Victor Camarasa have returned to their parent clubs.

Warnock holds the record for having won promotion eight times and now looks set to aim for a ninth next season.

Norwich and Sheffield United are already promoted to the Premier League to replace relegated Cardiff, Huddersfield and Fulham while the one promotion place remains up for grabs via the playoffs.

Aston Villa and Leeds hold the upper hand after their semi-final first-leg victories over West Brom and Derby respectively and Villa are 11/8 to gain promotion at Wembley later this month with Leeds 5/4 and West Brom 7/1.

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No quick fix warns Solskjaer

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned that it could take some time to restore the club to the position of Premier League title contenders.

Solskjaer was speaking after watching his side lose 2-0 at home to Cardiff City to complete a disappointing season which saw the Red Devils finish with just one win in their last nine games in all competitions.

And Solskjaer pulled no punched about the scale of the job he and his staff over the coming months.

He told MUTV: "We're used to challenging for the Premier League and that's not going to be sorted quickly.

"Realistically you're not going to catch however many points – we're 32 points behind the top teams. We've got to realistically challenge for the top four and another trophy.

"We have a very, very big job ahead of us and we all want to get back to where we belong, which is higher up the table.

"At the moment, there are two teams far ahead of us. We are four or five, six points behind the next positions and we have got to claw ourselves closer to the top two and the others."

United finished in sixth place this season, some 32 points adrift of champions Manchester City and five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

The Red Devils are 4/6 to finish in the top four in the Premier League next season, with Tottenham available at 4/6 and Arsenal priced at 11/10.

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Warnock wants ambitious Bluebirds

Neil Warnock says he is ready to take with Cardiff City over his future at the club but wants the South Wales outfit to think big ahead of next season.

Already condemned to playing Championship football next term, plans are being worked on to make sure the Bluebirds make a swift return to the Premier League.

There has been plenty of speculation regarding Warnock's future at the Cardiff City Stadium, with the Yorkshireman still having one year remaining on his current contract.

With Warnock set to meet to board and put down his vision for the future, the veteran coach is eager to see some real ambition from the club this summer.

"I've got my own idea what I want to say to them and try to help the club forward," he said. "We will need two or three good signings to get us there. It could be an exciting time and it would be nice for me to leave them in the top flight.

"I think we've arrived as a football club this year. We're a big club and we've got to think big now."

Cardiff are getting set for their final game of the Premier League season on Sunday, when they face Manchester United.

The Bluebirds are 10/1 to win, 11/2 to draw and 2/7 to lose against United at Old Trafford.

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Premier League: Can United End Disappointing Season on a High?

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Manchester United’s disappointing Premier League campaign is mercifully coming to an end. The Red Devils have been in a horrific slump during the tail-end of the season, which has cost them Champions League football for next year.

United will at least hope to finish the season on a high in front of their home fans as they face relegated Cardiff City.

Despite a valiant effort by the Bluebirds, they are going back down to the Championship next year. The Premier League 2019 betting odds clearly don’t favour them to claim a famous win at Old Trafford, but this might be as good a shot as they’re going to get as they face a struggling United side.

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Changes coming for United

United’s end-of-season run-in has been nothing short of disastrous. The door was wide open for them to take a top-four spot with their rivals also dropping points, but they failed to capitalise as their Premier League 2019 results just fell off a cliff.

The Red Devils have won just two of their last eight league matches and are winless in their last four (two losses, two draws). They are coming off back-to-back 1-1 draws: at home against Chelsea and, embarrassingly, at bottom-side Huddersfield.

After taking the lead early in both matches, United were unable to hold on and did not have the cutting edge to produce another goal.

United’s attack has been alarmingly bad during their rough end-of-season stretch. They have scored just three goals from open play in their last six matches — two of which have come from midfielder Scott McTominay, of all people.

 With virtually nothing left to play for, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may opt to make changes to the side in order to give some youngsters a run out at home.

Strikers Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, who started against Huddersfield, are both significant injury doubts. That opens the door for 17-year-old Mason Greenwood to get his first career United start with Marcus Rashford up top.

United have only won three of their last seven matches at home. Although, two of their three draws did come against Liverpool and Chelsea, while their lone defeat was against leaders Manchester City.

Cardiff City are still looking to disappoint us odds and win vs Manchester United despite being relegated

Neil Warnock’s side will go back to Championship next year after being relegated

Cardiff’s last stand

Cardiff City’s brief return to the Premier League is coming to an end. Despite the obvious lack of top-quality personnel, Neil Warnock’s side scrapped and clawed for most of the season. Unfortunately, it wasn’t nearly enough to ensure safety.

They gave themselves a glimmer of hope when they beat relegation rivals Brighton away from home. But they’ve since lost their last three games, which gives them nine defeats in their last 11 outings.

A major factor in Cardiff’s struggles this season has been their sheer inability to get goals. They have scored just 32 goals, the second fewest behind bottom club Huddersfield. Bobby Reid and Victor Camarasa are their joint leading scorers this season with five goals apiece.

That scoring problem has been more pronounced away from home, where they have netted only 11 times and twice in the last five games. They couldn’t even find a way to score against Fulham — the worst defence in the Premier League — in their last away game.

History

Manchester United and Cardiff have met 27 times overall. Unsurprisingly, United hold the edge in wins with 13 while Cardiff have six. There have also been eight draws between the two.

However, they have faced each other just three times in the Premier League era. Cardiff held United to a 2-2 draw in Wales, but United have since won the last two meetings.

United’s current manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, was in charge of Cardiff the last time the Bluebirds visited Old Trafford in 2014. United won that match, 2-0.

Their first matchup this season was a dominant 5-1 win for United. Marcus Rashford started the scoring early with a goal inside three minutes, while Jesse Lingard bagged a second-half brace.

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Manchester United vs Cardiff City Under 3.25 Goals @ 2.08
May 12, 22:00 (GMT+8

The last day of the season usually throws up some weird results. But a Cardiff win doesn’t seem likely. us odds currently have Cardiff priced at a whopping 11.00 on the 1X2 market.

What does seem very likely, though, is a low-scoring affair. Cardiff have surprisingly kept things fairly tight away from home. They’ve allowed more than two goals just once in their last 10 away games. That includes a 2-0 defeat at Man City.

Meanwhile, both teams have had their struggles scoring recently. And with United possibly fielding a teenager or two, the chances of this game having over three goals seems unlikely.

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Warnock in the dark on Cardiff future

Neil Warnock says he does not know if he will stay on as Cardiff City manager following their relegation from the Premier League.

The Bluebirds saw their fight for survival ended on Saturday as they succumb to a 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace in the Welsh capital.

Having performed a miracle to get the club promoted to the Premier League last season, Warnock says he is proud to have kept Cardiff in the mix for survival until the penultimate game, claiming it has been one of his best seasons as a manager.

The 70-year-old has a contract to remain at the Cardiff City Stadium until the summer 2020 but says he will meet with owner Vincent Tan and chairman Mehmet Dalman to discuss his future after next Sunday’s final match.

"I've got to let things settle and not do anything rash," Warnock said.

"I will be working next year, I will have a year somewhere. I am looking forward to that challenge again now.

"I have no idea [if I will be at Cardiff next season].

"It's been a great experience for me and probably my best job ever to have done what we've done with the club. I'm right proud of the club."

Dalman says he is hopeful Warnock will stay on and try to steer Cardiff back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, admitting he has been a breath of fresh air since his arrival.

"I think he's playing such a critical role and it would be a shame to see anything different from that – I do not expect anything different from that," Dalman told BBC Radio Wales.

"I talk to Neil on a regular basis, we have a great relationship. I know Vincent [Tan] has a great relationship with him."

Cardiff City end their season at Old Trafford and are 14/1 to sign off with a win, while Manchester United are 1/7 and the draw is 7/1.

Hughton focused on Albion show

Chris Hughton wants his Brighton players to focus only on what they can affect this weekend, as the battle for Premier League survival could come to an end.

The Seagulls visit Arsenal on Sunday afternoon and will already be safe if Cardiff City are beaten at home by Crystal Palace the previous day, with Albion holding a four-point advantage over the Bluebirds with two games to play.

However, Hughton is determined to maintain a strict focus on what he and his team can deliver and not get distracted by events elsewhere.

He told reporters: "The only thing I can try and affect is our game and we will set ourselves up to do the best we can, and obviously try and get some type of result.

"That's the only one I can affect or try affect. We'll obviously hear any results that have gone in our favour or against us, but we can't afford to think that way – we can only afford to think of our own game.

"All our focus has to be on us and our preparation, our result against Arsenal, there isn't anything else at the moment we can affect."

Hughton also confirmed that both Davy Propper and Jose Izquierdo have not recovered enough from injury to be considered for action against the Gunners.

The meeting of the two sides on the South Coast on Boxing Day ended in a 1-1 draw and a 1-1 draw on Sunday is priced at 9/1, with the Gunners 13/2 to win the game 2-0 and 11/10 to keep a clean sheet.

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Warnock: City simply have to win

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock accepts that his side face an absolute must-win game on Saturday when they play host to Crystal Palace.

The Bluebirds are four points adrift of Premier League safety with just two games left to play, with their inferior goal difference meaning, realistically, that they have to defeat both Palace and Manchester United to have any chance of staying up.

And Warnock told reporters at his pre-match press briefing: "One or two more points would see us in a different situation, but I think we may have accepted where we are at the beginning of the season.

"We'll give it our best shot against Palace, we've got to win this game. If we don't we can forget it, so we've got to concentrate on that really.

"I don't think mental issues come into it too much with us. We always give effort and sometimes we are a bit limited, but with two games to go we're still in it."

Warnock also confirmed that midfielder Harry Arter is set to miss the game due to a calf injury, while striker Kenneth Zohore is back in contention after recovering from a thigh problem.

The City boss also said that Jacob Murphy had trained well this week and is in his thoughts for the crunch clash with the Eagles.

The meeting of the two sides at Selhurst Park on Boxing Day ended in a goalless draw and a draw on Saturday is priced at 11/4, with a Bluebirds win available at 8/5 and a 1-0 victory for the hosts an 8/1 shot.

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Duffy: Staying up is a must

Brighton centre-back Shane Duffy accepts it is vital that his club stay in the Premier League, allowing them the opportunity to improve next season.

The Seagulls are four points clear of the drop zone with two games left to play, with the final relegation spot between Albion and Cardiff City.

Next up for Chris Hughton's side is a tough trip to Arsenal on Sunday, with their final fixture seeing them play host to reigning champions Manchester City.

Irish defender Duffy told the Argus: "Of course, we would be proud to do it ourselves. We want to feel like we've earned the right to stay in this league.

"Probably in the first six months we felt we earned the right to stay in it. We've had a bad second half of the season and that can happen.

"It's tough. Even when you are in this bad spell – it's not as if we have got bad players, it's just that little bit of momentum.

"The thing is to stay in this league and kick on next season."

Albion had failed to score in seven successive games in all competitions before they drew 1-1 at home to Newcastle United last weekend, with Pascal Gross the man to finally end the long wait for a goal.

Their last league victory came in early March, when they claimed a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace, since when they have gone winless in seven top-flight outings.

Brighton are currently priced at 20/1 to be relegated this season, with Cardiff available at 1/66.

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Warnock may leave Cardiff

Neil Warnock has indicated that he could leave Cardiff City this summer even though he still has one year left on his contract with the Premier League strugglers.

The Bluebirds look set to make an immediate return to the Championship following last term's promotion after losing 1-0 to Fulham on Saturday.

Cardiff are four points behind 17th-placed Brighton, who came from behind to draw 1-1 with Newcastle United at the weekend, with two games left.

The Seagulls also have a much better goal difference than Warnock's team, who still have to play Crystal Palace and Manchester United.

Warnock has confirmed that he will meet with owner Vincent Tan and chairman Mehmet Dalman in the next few weeks.

The much-travelled 70-year-old was quoted as saying: "If Mehmet wants me to stay, I'll stay. But it's one of those jobs where, if they want me to go, I will go without any compensation or anything like that.

"It does not bother me about contracts. They have never talked about that, but who would they get who was better for the job than me if I was up for it?"

Cardiff can be backed at 13/8 to beat Crystal Palace this weekend while they are available at 20/1 not to be relegated this season.

Gross fires Seagulls warning

Brighton winger Pascal Gross has warned his team-mates not to take anything for granted as they are still not safe from the threat of relegation from the Premier League.

The Seagulls ended a run of seven games without a goal as they secured a 1-1 draw at home to Newcastle United, with the point taking them four clear of the drop zone with just two games to play – as Cardiff City were beaten 1-0 at Fulham.

However, with Albion facing Arsenal and Manchester City in their final two fixtures, Gross is aware that there can be no let-up until safety is secured.

He told his club's official website:  "We got a point and Cardiff didn't, but we know in the two games left they can get six points.

"Of course we both have tough fixtures, but there is a lot to play for. It's two games and anything can happen in the fight to stay up.

"It was great to get that goal and end the run. It was a big relief for all of us and afterwards we were all pushing for a second goal to get the win.

"Unfortunately, we couldn't get it, but we can take positives from the second 45 minutes."

Next up for the Seagulls is a trip to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal next Sunday, with the meeting of the two sides at the Amex Stadium earlier this season having ended in a 1-1 draw.

A 1-1 draw next weekend is priced at 9/1, with the draw available at 15/4, while Brighton are now 20/1 to be relegated.

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