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Cardiff City appoint new manager

Cardiff City have chosen to appoint their new manager less than 24 hours after the departure of Neil Harris, according to reports.

He was axed days after they suffered a 1-0 home defeat to QPR, making it their fifth in succession in the Championship and their sixth in all competitions.

The Bluebirds currently sit 15th in the Championship table, 13 points adrift of the play-off places and nine from the relegation zone.

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Harris followed the departed Neil Warnock back in November 2019 and guided the club to the Championship playoff semi-finals last season.

He has struggled however this season, picking up three wins from the opening 13 fixtures for the 2020/21 season.


We can confirm that First Team Manager Neil Harris and Assistant Manager David Livermore have left Cardiff City Football Club with immediate effect.

The Board of Directors would like to thank Neil and David for their efforts during their time with the Bluebirds and wish them every success for the future.

A new permanent manager and assistant will be announced in due course via club channels.


It’s now confirmed that the new man is Mick McCarthy who was recently sacked by Greek club Pafos FC.

Tan Sri Vincent Tan said of the appointment: “I’d like to personally welcome Mick and Terry to our Football Club and wish them the very best of luck.

“I’ve enjoyed the brief talk I’ve had with Mick and I’m confident that he’s the right man to take on the responsibility of improving our performances and fortunes.”

“I’m delighted to be here,” Mick told Cardiff City TV. “I’m thrilled by the opportunity.

“I want to get the Club back to winning games and I want to get smiles back on the players’ faces. If we do that, then we’ll get smiles back on the fans.

“We’ve got a good squad of players and I’m looking forward to getting down to work.”

Cardiff have now gone for the vastly experienced boss, who has won promotion to the Premier League with the likes of Sunderland and Wolves during a managerial career going as far back as 1992.

He has also had two stints in charge as manager of the Republic of Ireland and also had a spell with Ipswich between 2012 and 2018.


Millwall – 18 Mar 1992 until 4 Feb 1996 – 203 games, 74 wins, 70 draws, 59 defeats – 36.5 % won
Republic of Ireland – 1 Mar 1996 until 5 Nov 2002 – 68 games, 29 wins, 20 19 – 42.6 % won
Sunderland – 12 Mar 2003 until 6 Mar 2006 – 147 games, 63 wins, 26 draws, 58 defeats – 42.9 % won
Wolves – 21 Jul 2006 until 13 Feb 2012 – 270 games, 104 wins, 66 draws, 100 defeats – 38.5  % won
Ipswich Town – 1 Nov 2012 until 10 Apr 2018 – 279 games, 105 wins, 78 draws, 96 defeats, – 37.6 % won
Republic of Ireland – 25 Nov 2018 until 4 Apr 2020 – 10 games, 5 wins, 4 draws, 1 defeat – 50.0 % won
Total – 977 games, 380 wins, 264 draws, 333 defeats, 38.9 % won

Paul Cook and Tony Pulis got a huge amount of talk on social media following the sacking on Thursday, being linked as early favourites for the job.

Fans reacted with Cardiff City set to appoint a new manager, find out what they had to say below…

@ThreeBluebirds_: Unfortunately it looks like the club is looking for a quick fix. No real long-term ambition. However, it is our job as fans to get behind the new manager and hope he does well. Welcome to Cardiff City, Mick McCarthy!

@kieren_rees: It’s a good decision for the 23 other teams in the Championship

@huw_garrett: Unbelievable. This guy was sacked 2 weeks ago after less than 2 months into a job!!! Has done nothing in the last 10 years as a manager… Complete lack of ambition and a panic appointment

@chrismj1927: Well we’ve gone from the ridiculous to the ludicrous!! He’s yesterday’s man who’s idea of a good result is a draw! Sacked after 8 games in Cyprus FFS !! The club has shown no ambition & completely disrespected the fans AGAIN it’s like deja vu

@BenDwyer52: Absolute joke

@matthewblue1103: Good I will save £2500 next season . The owners had a great chance to show the fans some ambition . But now we get the cheapest shittiest option again, same boring garbage football .

@morganl09655768: I’m not renewing for next season if this is true. Fed up wasting my money. I’ll support my local Welsh Prem team instead

@t_bushell90: Be careful what you wish for…

@NinianOpinion: You know when you’re waiting to take off and you see an engineer place a bit of tape over a crack in the plane’s engine? Mick McCarthy being appointed feels a bit like that

@speeddemon8021: Thank you Cardiff was scared we were gonna do this when we sack Rowett

@scfctheo: they’re actually just trying to avoid relegation

@Snitchie: Cardiff City, the gift that keeps on giving!

@AshleyVickery93: Great appointment, there’s lots of new grounds to do in league 1. Fans should be back by then, I’m excited!

@ccfcben: All jokes and negativity with Mick McCarthy aside, I think the length of the contract is the main part of the news people should be desperate to know. Anything further than end of this season and we’re actually done for

@soozles_: Must be the cheapest option because I can’t see any other reasoning behind it!

@swmz00: I almost feel bad for Cardiff, past his expiry date for managerial jobs.

@CCFC_Glatxel: It would be typical Cardiff City fc wouldn’t it. To sack an out of form manager to only bring a worse one in Mick McCarthy

@EllBate: @CardiffCityFC please show some ambition and not go for Mick McCarthy

@DarrenShore1967: @CardiffCityFC if Mick McCarthy is announced as manager, I will not be renewing my long standing season ticket, and nor will my family. Over £800 this year paid for nothing to support the club, if this is true no more from us

@NathanWalkerr with Cardiff City set to appoint a new manager: Warnock to Neil Harris to Mick McCarthy. If the next one is Pardew then I can’t carry on

@Nialler67: For Fu*k Sake. This is the worst managerial appointment in football since John Delaney appointed Mick McCarthy in 2018

@rhysward123: Mick Mccarthy will take Cardiff to a level they haven’t been at for a while. Just a shame they’ll be playing Lincoln, Fleetwood and Accrington Stanley whilst they’re there

@stefbluebird: Mick Mccarthy!!! Not going to say too much because I remember being disappointed when he brought in Warnock and he’s now a club legend. Will get behind whoever is at the helm #ccfc #Bluebirds

@Skinner_CCFC: Honestly, Mick McCarthy is probably the best of a bad bunch in terms of our short term options. He’s dragged plenty of shit teams up the championship, and we certainly come into that category at the moment. The football’s going to be shit but when was the last time it was good…

@ElWelshie: the best we can do is Mick McCarthy… Mick… McCarthy. Well, at least we’re ready for League One.

@CaerdyddDevils: Mick McCarthy. The same Mick McCarthy who was sacked by APOEL Nicosia after 2 wins in a couple of months? Shoot me now

@joshthomas16_: Mick McCarthy, that is an absolute fucking stinker

@TomNeville97: The excitement didn’t even last a full 24 hours, Mick McCarthy like are you fucking winding me up


@LukeREllis1: Surely If @CardiffCityFC give Mick McCarthy the job, it will be on a temporary contract to the end of season. Giving the board the time to get the next appointment right, for life in league one!!

@svendcarr17: I know the Cardiff board aren’t great when it comes to managerial appointments… but Mick McCarthy.. oh my god

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