Cardiff City are reportedly plotting to bring back 39 year old manager Steve Morison just eight months after he was sacked.
WalesOnline report that Morison could be reappointed as the Bluebirds boss, a move that would be a shocking one for the club.
Mark Hudson came in to replace the ex-Millwall player in the dugout when Cardiff parted with Morison in September, while the club was in 18th place in the Championship table.
Sabri Lamouchi took over in February, and went on to led the club to safety, only to get rid of him.
— Glen Williams (@GlenWilliams12) May 18, 2023
Lamouchi was informed that he won’t be staying on as manager and now Cardiff is now looking for someone to replace him ahead of the season 2023/24.
WalesOnline claim Morison is a serious contender for Vincent Tan to hire a manager and is said to be leaning towards re-appointing Morison.
Morison was brought into the club for the 2021/22 campaign as an under-21s coach and led them to winning 11 games for the youth team. This run came as Mick McCarthy was dismissed, leading to Morison taking over and helped stabilise results.
He guided Cardiff to Championship survival after a series of positive loan transfers made in January, but the squad lacked in quality, so signed a good core of Championship players and rebuilt a team from scratch with a minimum budget, but it was in the close of the summer transfer window that he left the club.
Tan opted to remove Morison from his position or else the club would be in serious danger of being relegated, yet those who was successor to him, Hudson and Lamouchi, were unable to move the club past the 18th place.
When they sacked Morison, the club statement read: “Cardiff City Football Club can confirm that First Team Manager Steve Morison has been relieved of his duties. We’d like to thank Steve for his efforts during his time at Cardiff City, stabilising the first team last season and helping to evolve our squad in line with the club’s philosophy this summer.”
Steve Morison felt he left Cardiff in a better place than when he found it following his shock sacking.
He said, as per WalesOnline: “Ultimately I didn’t do good enough I suppose. I was tasked with making lots of changes. I felt like we did that on the whole, from staff to playing personnel.
“Changing styles, lowering age groups, lowering wage bills. Personally I thought we were on that path. There were very close games we lost, we could have taken points out of.
“Games we drew that we could have won. I leave thinking we’re five off of the play-offs, we’re a penalty goal away from possibly going on to beat Huddersfield or drawing the game and if someone had said to me at the start of the week that you’d go to Middlesbrough and Huddersfield and take four points, for example, you’d have snapped their hands off.
“I leave, gutted to lose my job, no-one likes to have that tag of being sacked over their head, but the reaction from it from myself has given me a lot of confidence, it’s been one hell of a job, I can definitely say I left the club in a better place.”
“It’s not only 17 players we had in, it was the amount that went out, the characters that went out, the amount of league games that had left. Initially we had settled on 15, the West Brom game we arguably lose our best player of the start of the season who had been on fire in Jamilu Collins, so we had to replace him quickly which we did.
“And then we’d been looking for a striker all summer then we got one the day before the deadline, then unfortunately I only had a week to work with the player.
“I feel like the club is in a better place and as a marker I suppose that’s definitely a better place to be than leaving the club in a worse state.”
So what next for the former Millwall man? A swift return to management beckons, he says.
“Just learn, reflect on anything I could have done better,” he said about the immediate future. “100 per cent (a return to management), I can’t wait, you enjoy your time when you are doing it, as soon as it goes away you have a couple of days to get over it but I am a very focused and purposeful individual and the next challenge now, I think I’ve shown I’ve done a hell of a lot in short space of time, I’ll definitely be a better manager for it.”
This is what fans said with Cardiff plotting to bring back the 39 year old manager just eight months after he was sacked…
@matthewblue1103: Does that mean the bullying accusations were also made up by the board then ?
@Hector_G_Marzoa: At this point better to sell the club to some danish investors or something, I dunno.
@mark8t5: And Hudson will return with him, a few months later Morison is sacked again and Hudson steps up
@ZCymru: What is going on behind the scenes 🤣🤣🤣
@diffmj: Is this the most Cardiff way to continue a project 😂 sacking a manager 10 games in staying up eventually and getting him back to carry on in season 2, can’t write it. but good news, learnt from the mistake from both sides fingers crossed
@Jamesmck9: To be fair I’m not opposed to this.
@AlexDon39374386: I’m not completely against it. I just hope Sol stays on and we get a good striker in!
@LukeSumm: As much as I think this is an absolute farce by tan, I’m actually for this, was disappointed when he was sacked and think we would have had a much better season if he stayed.
@GeorgeJones2002: We are an insane club 😂😂
@DylanRhisiart: What a mental club we are
@gassonglyn: Oh dear God, no, clueless and never took the blame for any losses. If this happens we are going down
@Mikeyccfc: Ridiculous but pretty much sums up how our club is being run. What a shambles.
@IestynWatkins4: Steve morison. It couldn’t could it? Come back my king #ccfc
@Anthony_Burns: I’ve got a gut feeling that we are going to try and reappoint Steve Morison… it makes a lot of sense to the Tan & Co… he’s know the club most of the players and isn’t going to cost a lot of money. So long as what happened hasn’t caused an unrepairable relationship. #cardiffcity
@DaioGoddard: If Cardiff get Steve Morison back im seriously done with this club. Complete arsehole of a man cant stand the bloke. Shit manager and player too