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.

Bowyer: It’s tough to take

Bradford City manager Gary Bowyer admitted that the club's relegation to League Two, which was confirmed on Friday, has been tough to take.

The Bantams lost 2-0 to play-off chasing Coventry City and will be playing in the fourth tier of English football next season.

It has been a terrible campaign for Bradford City who appointed Michael Collins as their manager last summer after parting company with Simon Grayson.

Collins was sacked in September and succeeded by David Hopkin, who resigned five months later. Former Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool boss Bowyer was appointed manager at Valley Parade in March but he was unable to halt the club's slide to relegation.

Bowyer said: "It is obviously very tough to take for everyone connected to the club. We started the game well and had good chances early on but Coventry scored from their first real attack.

"It was poor defending from us and we weren't clinical enough in front of goal. Those instances pretty much sum up our season. We haven't been good enough in either penalty box and we are where we are.

"It is not nice for the supporters, who are so proud of their club, but we have to conduct ourselves in a professional manner until the end of the season. After that we have a big task on our hands, which is already being prepared for."

Bradford City can be backed at 8/5 to win their next game against Gillingham on Monday.

Bielsa: We need to stay calm

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa accepts that it is difficult to stay calm as the Championship campaign reaches a climax.

Leeds face Wigan Athletic on Friday and can be backed at 4/11 to beat the Latics, who are 6/1 to be relegated this season.

Sheffield United's recent wobbles have allowed Leeds to move closer to automatic promotion and Bielsa is keen to finish the job off.

"It is true that it is difficult to stay calm," said the 63-year-old former Chile and Argentina manager. "When the atmosphere close to you is excited it is more difficult to be calm inside yourself.

"You need to have a link with the amateur spirit, because then you have a link with the fans and at the same time there are no footballers who are not fans or don't have this feeling. Professionals need to have balance and calm.

"Our objective is to be focused for the three points that we play for in each game. After every game we have to adapt to the new reality that is the table."

Leeds are 1/5 to be promoted this season while Sheffield United can be backed at 4/5 to go up.

Lambert looks to the positives

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert insists the future is bright for the Suffolk side even though they will be playing in League One next season.

Ipswich will start the 2019/20 season in the third tier of English football for the first time since 1957 after their relegation was confirmed on Saturday when they could only draw 1-1 with Birmingham City at Portman Road.

Former Norwich City, Aston Villa and Stoke City boss Lambert was appointed Town manager almost six months ago but was unable to lift the club away from trouble.

Lambert admitted: "It's gut-wrenching, it's horrible. You can't put it into words what it feels like. It might not feel like it at this moment in time, but it will be an incredible learning curve. The players will come back stronger for it, they really will.

"My view is that this club could be brilliant again. It might take a little bit of time but it could be so good here.

"We'll analyse what went wrong. I can't comment on what happened previously. I can only comment on what I've seen from October onwards. But there is so much to look forward to here. I think it's exciting.

"Whether transfers come in or not, I don't know what's going to happen. I think the club needs a couple of bodies in to try and help and freshen it up."

Bolton seem certain to be joining Ipswich in League One next season while Rotherham United are 2/7 to go down, Wigan Athletic 6/1 and Millwall 12/1.

Jackett targets top-two spot

Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett is refusing to look too far ahead but is adamant that his side can still clinch an automatic promotion spot.

Pompey's recent victory against Scunthorpe United closed the gap on second-placed Barnsley to just four points and they are 7/5 to beat Shrewsbury Town on Saturday. The Shrews are 5/1 to be relegated from League One while Portsmouth are 10/1 to finish in the top two.

Jackett said: "As far as you can, you have to prepare for one game at a time. All of your energy has to be focused on the next one.

"But when you look at the big picture, it does change slightly because we're going to need a high number of points from the 24 that are still available. We've crept into the 70s now in terms of points and know that, if we want to go up, we'll need to be around 90.

"We're four and nine points respectively off the sides that are currently second and first, so we have to keep pushing and know it's still possible."

Shrewsbury reached the League One play-offs last season but have struggled this term and are in danger of sliding into the fourth tier of English football.

Jackett added: "The bottom half of the season is so tight – it's unbelievable. There are a number of teams that will need points on the board sooner rather than later. We understand Shrewsbury will be fighting for their lives, but have to show our quality and it's an opportunity for us to keep pushing for those promotion places."

Bowyer seeks change of luck

Bradford City manager Gary Bowyer is desperate for his struggling team to create more chances as they attempt to avoid relegation from League One.

The Bantams have endured a terrible campaign and are currently rooted to the foot of the table and available at 1/5 to be relegated.

After parting company with Simon Grayson at the end of last season, City began the 2018/19 campaign with Michael Collins in charge.

He was sacked in September and succeeded by David Hopkin, who resigned five months later.

Former Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool boss Bowyer was appointed manager at Valley Parade earlier this month and handed the task of lifting Bradford out of the relegation zone. They can be backed at 17/10 to beat Blackpool on Saturday.

Bowyer said: "We've got to look forward to Saturday now. Our debrief on Monday was focused on what we could do better ourselves. We've got to concentrate on what we can control, the energy levels, training and continuing on to the next game.

"We need to create more. We had two or three good passages of play [in the 1-0 defeat at Oxford] and then the key moment which is what we hung in the game for.

"That's how quickly things can change – and it can change back just as quickly. That's what we've been telling the boys."

Lambert eyes derby shock

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert insists he is only interested in winning Sunday's game when he returns to Norwich City.

Town are struggling at the foot of the table while the Canaries, who Lambert managed between 2009 and 2012, are pushing for promotion.

Ipswich, 1/16 to be relegated this season, are 17/2 to secure a shock victory in the derby clash at Carrow Road.

Town have failed to clinch a derby win since 2009, but Lambert said: "It doesn't matter if it's Norwich or whatever, the important thing is we have to start winning games.

"I know this one has got added spice, whether it's me going back there, or the intense rivalry, or the separation in the table and it has been too long for this club to wait to beat their local rivals.

"Everything may be against us but they will have to earn the right to beat us. I'm not going there waiting for things to happen. I want us to make things happen."

Meanwhile, Teddy Bishop has signed a new contract which will keep him at Portman Road until the summer of 2021.

The midfielder, who has struggled with a succession of injuries in the last three years, has made 71 appearances for the club.

Adkins warns against complacency

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins has demanded that his players do not get carried away by their excellent recent run.

The Tigers, who host Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, have won their last five Championship matches and have moved up to 13th in the table.

Hull are 11/10 to beat the Owls and 15/2 to win the match 2-1.

Adkins is expecting a tough Yorkshire derby against Wednesday who have appointed Steve Bruce as their next manager.

The South Yorkshire side are 16th in the table and 25/1 to be relegated this term.

"It will be a tough game and they have a squad of really good players with quite a strong attacking force," said Adkins.

"There has been a change of manager there and Steve Bruce will come in next month, but his coaching staff are already in there so the methods of how they want to go and perform are being put in place.

"They're on a good run of form themselves and they've brought a few players back into it, Keiren Westwood for example who had been left out in the cold a little bit.

"There's a spirit about them as well, so we know it's going to be challenging. We've been on a good run of form but we can't have any complacency kicking in."

Town land veteran Collins

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert is keen to add more new faces to his squad after completing the signing of the former West Ham defender James Collins.

The 35-year-old Welshman has signed a deal with the Championship's bottom club until the end of the season.

Collins made 69 league appearances for Cardiff City before joining the Hammers in 2005. He moved on to Aston Villa for £5million four years later before returning to West Ham in 2012.

Collins, who won 51 caps for Wales, was released by the east London side at the end of last season.

"James has a great presence about him and that can be huge for us," said Lambert. "He has played at the highest level and his experience will be vital. We're delighted to have him here."

Lambert has signed four other players – Callum Elder, Will Keane, Collin Quaner and Simon Dawkins – this month as he tries to steer Town out of the relegation zone.

He still hopes to bring in further signings though, adding: "We'll try and do something but we can't keep flooding the place with loans, because you can only have five in the matchday squad.

"That's where the loan system falls down because you then have to manage them, which is difficult in itself."

Ipswich, 1/8 to be relegated this season, are 29/20 to beat Rotherham United at Portman Road on Saturday.

Lambert desperate for new faces

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert will not allow anyone to leave Portman Road in January until he has signed the players he desires.

Lambert is desperate to strengthen his squad but may enter the loan market rather than make permanent signings in order to bring in experienced Championship players.

Jonas Knudsen and Bartosz Bialkowski are both expected to leave Portman Road in January but Lambert is refusing to confirm anything just yet.

"Nobody will leave until I think we can get people in, nobody," said the former Aston Villa and Stoke City boss.

"I will not sanction anyone to go out until I think we can get people in who can help us. Maybe then I might let one or two go out, but until then I'll never release anyone.

"I need to look at the club's interests and I won't put any player's interests before the club. That's important. There are one or two out of contract in the summer and we have to look at that."

Veteran Stoke City duo Charlie Adam and Peter Crouch have been linked with loan switches to Ipswich while Lambert seems certain to cancel the loans of Tayo Edun and Jordan Graham next month.

Ipswich are seven points adrift at the foot of the table after winning just one of their first 21 Championship games of the campaign.

They are 1/6 to be relegated this term, while Bolton Wanderers are 4/11 to go down and Reading 8/11.