Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock was full of praise for his Brighton & Hove Albion counterpart Chris Hughton ahead of Saturday’s game at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The Seagulls travel to South Wales this weekend looking to bounce back from defeat against Everton last time out, and the home boss spoke in complimentary fashion about the visiting manager, as well as reflecting on his own managerial career.
He said, “He’s underrated, Chris. His achievements speak for themselves and sometimes you’ve got to be careful what you wish for.
“He’s bad for us as managers, he’s so nice! He gives us a bad reputation!
“When you get to my age, you can’t look beyond the next few weeks or months. Life changes so quickly, you can’t plan ahead, but I would love to keep Cardiff up and stabilise them again.
“You have to drive yourself and my health will decide how long I stay in the job. I don’t think that will change. I look at the club as a farewell club [for me] and I don’t think I’ll be leaving and going to another one.”
Warnock will take charge of the Bluebirds for the 100th time this weekend when Albion make the trip, and he believes his time at the club has been the finest of his long career in the dugout.
“The supporters believe we have an outside chance of staying up and I don’t see why we can’t finish above the bottom three. If it wasn’t for the fans it wouldn’t be the same situation. Working for them has been one of the happiest times of my life - and my job’s not finished yet.
“I can’t see me managing at 100 years old, maybe I’ll be the first one! It’s an achievement as I feel what I’ve done in 100 games is the best in my career.
“To be playing in the Premier League after 100 games is a minor miracle and it pleases me that the fans have been unbelievable - it’s almost like they’re working for me, like they’re on the staff!”
Albion will be without Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Pascal Gross and Davy Propper for the game this weekend, whilst the home side have injury concerns of their own ahead of the lunchtime televised contest.
“Joe Ralls is training, but he’s not been able to do any training until this week. He had a tough day yesterday and we’ll see how he is.
“He’ll definitely be in the squad. Jazz Richards and Kenneth Zohore are both out too, Zohore’s had a calf injury.
“That’s the difference with the top teams, they’ve got under-23 internationals to come into the squad, whereas we’ve only got 17 or 18 players fit at the moment - that shows the divide.”