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Norwich set to appoint new boss; Cardiff looking at ex-manager keen on Portsmouth job

Norwich are getting set to appoint a new boss while Cardiff are also looking at an ex-manager of theirs who is keen on the Portsmouth job.

Reports in Germany emerged on Wednesday, saying that Wagner will become successor to Dean Smith who was sacked by the Carrow Road outfit on the 27th of December.

The new Canaries boss is expected to be announced within the next 24 hours with long-term assistant Christoph Buhler to join him.

German sports broadcaster, Sport1, report Wagner will sign the contract ‘in the coming hours’, days after the club held talks with him along with two other candidates for the vacant role.

Following the process, it was Wagner who was picked, and has a lot of work to do to change the atmosphere, playing styles and form if the club still have any hope of getting promotion this season, something still possibly despite the club sitting 11th in the Championship table following a 1-0 defeat to Watford on Monday.

Wagner will be at the helm for Sunday’s FA Cup third round tie against Blackburn Rovers, with his first Championship game as head coach taking place against Preston at Deepdale next week.

The appointment sees Wagner link up with sporting director Stuart Webber, who he will know after Webber made the manager head coach of Huddersfield Town in 2015.

The duo guided the Terriers to their first promotion to the top-flight in 45 years, however Webber departed for Norwich before the end of that season.

Wagner kept Huddersfield in the Premier League for another but departed in January 2019 with the club looking set for relegation.

He then had spells at Schalke and Young Boys with Wagner sacked from both jobs after 40 games in charge.

Meanwhile, Cardiff City are reportedly planning to bring in their former boss Neil Warnock out of retirement – but if results don’t improve under Mark Hudson with his side sitting just above the relegation zone, two points clear in fact and looking set for quite the battle to stay up if form doesn’t improve.

After falling to defeat at Blackburn, the Bluebirds are now only two points above the relegation zone. They haven’t won in the Championship since the 5th of November. They are also subject to a transfer embargo.

After Steve Morison’s resignation, Hudson was named as caretaker-boss and handed the role. He won just four of 16 games, and he collected 17 points during that time.

Warnock, now 74, announced his retirement last Spring after a 41-year managerial career that spanned 16 clubs and you could say one of his greatest achievements was taking Cardiff to the top flight in his first season at the club.

Cardiff are getting set to face Leeds in Sunday’s FA Cup before facing Wigan at home on the 14th of January.

Top scorer Callum Robinson appeared to be angry about the defeat at Blackburn. Hudson later admitted that he had apologised to his players for switching to a three-man defence at Ewood Park.

Portsmouth are currently looking a new boss following the departure of Danny Cowley after 21-and-a-half months in charge.

Leam Richardson is the current favourite through links with Pompey and winning the League One title with Wigan last season.

However some fans want Neil Warnock, who has told The News: ‘It’s a fabulous club. When I was a visiting manager, I used to get up and shout instructions and the fans behind drowned me out. I couldn’t shout a flipping thing!

‘There are a couple of clubs I wish I had the chance to manage and that was one of them. I’ve always got on well with the fans there.

‘I don’t know about the job there at the minute, you would have to see if they have already got things sorted out.

‘Sometimes I think a short-term appointment at clubs enables them to just take their time and get the right man in place.

‘That’s the only thing for me. I couldn’t do it for 2-3 years anyhow, but it depends if they are in a rush and they want to bring somebody in straight away.

‘You never know, do you, but I’ve not had any contact with anybody.

‘I’ve had offers (from other clubs) over the last few months, but didn’t want to do anything over Christmas anyhow. I thought I would see what crops up and if there’s anything interesting.

‘Pompey’s a lovely club, though.’

This is what fans had to say as Norwich get set to appoint new boss David Wagner, while Cardiff are looking at ex-manager Neil Warnock, who is keen (sort of) on the Portsmouth job…


@Shaney_ncfc: We need to get behind him like we did with dean smith I feel he can be real successful with us if he can replicate what he did @htafc we have a good manager on our hands he has failed at his last couple of jobs which is a concern but hopefully he comes good! #ncfc

@DraytonCanary1: Not that we hope for it, but I’m ready for the ‘s*** Daniel Farke’ chants already for if the results still go wrong. 😰🤦‍♂️ I doubt the reports are all wrong so seems likely now

@davemac68: How disappointing

@TwitchyTerry: Honestly – not excited by this.

@DJJLP_: Wagner it is. Let’s get behind it! We asked for change we got it. We move.

@FerretSensei: Honestly think he could be a good fit here. I remember his Huddersfield team playing us off the park. If he can get his mojo back, I’m cautiously optimistic #ncfc

@NCFC_McG: Underwhelming but hardly a disaster. Pretty meh, and not the immediate reset we’d been hoping for. But as ever, results can fix everything. Eager to be convinced but jury will be out for now.

@IJEnslin: Not bad but not brilliant. Happy to back him though and really hope he turns us around

@hardafdfacts: When he institutes a radical new bike-based fitness program I copyright the headline “Wagner’s Ring Road Cycle”

@IanGabelli: At first I wasn’t excited by this, but it will be refreshing to actually have a coach in charge. Someone with a plan, someone who will train the team well. Something we’ve not had for the last 14 months. Exciting #ncfc

@TotallyTettey: Don’t really know how to feel about this. Like with every manager, I’ll get behind him from the start. Always want the best for my club so let’s hope it’s a success #ncfc

@Zipperslf: He is gonna need time, improve fitness, impose a style of play, repair fractured confidence, create links with fans, and find a ball winning dcm within 4 weeks. It’s a huge task. Boro & WBA have shown it can be done It seems a solid appt, but so did Dean Smith at the time

@Norfolknway1: The appointment of a new coach was never gonna come down to a fan popularity vote. He’ll bring more than Smith did, so let’s get behind him and see what he’s got.


@MccaullyS1927: Big fan of Neil Warnock everything he’s done at Cardiff City on and off the field you can’t fault but he is not the man to save the club again. WE NEED TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE NOT ANOTHER TEMPORARY FIX!! Changes need to happen in the boardroom just as much as on the field.

@DarrenOWitcoop: Cardiff going back to Neil Warnock, whether like it or not, was always going to happen. I know he’s always been seen by Mehmet Dalman as a safety net. Board scared stiff of relegation and rightly so given financial implications #cardiffcity

@iestyn__foster: I’ll take him till end of the season cos he’s good at keeping teams up, need a long term plan after him though, you know, like the one we had with Morrison before the board fucked it up

@callumjparker9: I wouldn’t mind this. IMO probably the greatest championship manager there is. Crazy to think fans would turn their noses up.

@Olliebluebirds: Whatever anyone says about this needs to stop and think for one minute that we could very easily go down this year. This appointment would help ease that issue. I’m all for it if it’s a short term deal

@Supersmithy95: This would be our 6th manager in 4 years. This is getting embarrassing 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

@JonTucker2_: You could bet the house on him getting a extension for completing his objective.

@Anthony_Burns: Our club is a fucking joke, going from one disaster to another. We’ll have no fans left at this rate

@DonLeShoes: I could understand as a motivation coach and in a consultation role between board and manager but as a manager is a huge step backwards and no players for his hoof ball aside Morrison! Incredibly bad !

@diffmj: and in the process persuade even more fans to turn away from the club

@DavidBalmont8: Id have him to keep us up

@timcliffsmith: I mean, not sure really how to react to this. In a way it makes sense, but it is indicative of the lack of planning by the club. What a joke the board are. No idea how to put a system in place. #tanout

@Mikeyccfc: We’d be mad not to bring in an experienced manager now to give us the best chance to stay up this season. We’re going down as it stands. Relegation to league 1 would be a disasters

@timcwegener: God no. Looking backwards again. Club going around in circles. Squad absolutely not set up to suit Warnock. Hope this is delayed and we win the next 2 which changes things completely

@davies250395: Whether you think this is a good idea or not the one thing Warnock will not tolerate is the slow aimless sideways and backwards passing we’ve now got. If we can avoid just lumping it up front and just use the ability in the team to get the ball forward quickly it will improve


@tristan_637: Prefer leam Richardson for the rest of the season at least we can have him again for next season. If we play well under Neil we won’t be able to keep him going through to next season.

@braddersjw: Would be unreal @eric_eisner #Pompey

@scouse_91: This would be an unreal appointment for Pompey tbf.

@wil_pompey: Imagine Big Neil, celebrating with the Fratton end when he takes us up 😮‍💨

@Luke313131: No but seriously Neil, take the reigns please. It would make my Dad’s day who’s wanted you as Pompey boss for about 20 years now 🤣

@Pompeyjosh03: please come to pompey we need a manager like you try and convince the board to have you short term

@olliejoell1606: Just win us promotion. And then you’re down as club legend forever

@Aaron25650310: You know you fancy it 😉🔵💙

@WorldPompey: I say let get Neil Warnock for the remainder of the season #pompey @warnockofficial @Michael_Eisner @eric_eisner #PUP #pompeyworld #Portsmouth #LA should be fun to watch

@warrenhewitt15: @Pompey do the right thing, make the call 📞 #Pompey

@WISEASS999: #pompey We don’t want too ‘keen’. Smacks of desperation & needing some short term dosh. Andy doesn’t want short term. And he said he’s not in rush. So Neil will probably get it🤣.

@PFCAlf: Hes always wanted to come here

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