Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman has told talkSPORT it was entirely Neil Warnock’s decision to leave the club and says they are already close to appointing his replacement.
Veteran coach Warnock departed his ‘beloved Bluebirds’ on Monday after three years in charge, with the side 14th in the Championship.
The 70-year-old was in the final year of his contract in south Wales and had said he would not continue beyond the end of this season, but he has decided to call it a day early.
“It is a shared belief that this is the right time for a new voice as we believe this squad of players is more than capable of getting success,” Warnock said in a statement.
And Dalman has said he is ‘very sorry’ to see the manager leave, insisting he was not forced out of the club.
Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, the Cardiff chief said: “I’m close to Neil and I’m personally very upset that he has decided to go.
“At the end of the day it was Neil’s decision. He felt the timing was right, he felt the club needed a new face, a new leader and he felt this was a good time to do it with the international break.
“He’s been a great servant to us and I’m very, very sorry to see him go.”
Charlton manager Lee Bowyer and ex-Brighton head coach Chris Hughton have been linked with succeeding Warnock in the hotseat, although talkSPORT understands former Millwall boss Neil Harris is the current favourite.
And, with the paint barely dry since Warnock’s announcement, Dalman has revealed Cardiff are already close to making an appointment. However, he remained tight-lipped when quizzed about revealing a name.
“That’s a very long list and it’s very impressive, there are some great names there,” he said in response to the men currently linked with the job.
“We are very keen to make an announcement sooner rather than later and we’re almost there.
“It wouldn’t be fair to say who, but we’ve got it down to a couple of names now.
“Vincent [Tan – club owner] wants to play a key role in this decision and we will proceed accordingly.”
Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Mehmet Dalman IN FULL above
Latest posts by Joseph (see all)
- ‘Liverpool are a bigger club than Manchester United, and Chelsea are the biggest in London’, says former Tottenham man Jamie O’Hara - December 13, 2019
- Everton have ‘lost their identity’, but Duncan Ferguson can help get it back – Boyhood Toffees fan Tony Bellew backs his hero - December 13, 2019
- Arsenal transfer news: Lucas Torreira wanted by Napoli as they consider £21m January offer - December 13, 2019