‘Dinosaur’ McCarthy has Cardiff Playing Dino-mite

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A run of six defeats would prove to be the final nail in the coffin for Neil Harris as he was sacked by Cardiff on January 21st.

The Bluebirds would need only one day to replace Harris, bringing in two-time LMA Championship Manager of the Year, Mick McCarthy.

Times were looking tough for the Welsh club as they found themselves sitting 15th, looking worryingly towards a relegation battle, and the announcement of McCarthy’s arrival didn’t seem to give a large number of the Cardiff fans a great deal of confidence.

Many had written the 62-year-old off, claiming he was one of football’s dinosaurs before he had even stepped foot in the dugout.

However, since the former Republic of Ireland manager has arrived, he has certainly answered any doubters with the impact he has had guiding his new side to five wins from seven.

Cardiff’s seven game unbeaten run leaves them sitting 7th in the table, three points behind Bournemouth who are currently struggling to maintain some consistency.

McCarthy’s arrival has seen previously out of favour Josh Murphy find his spark again with two goals and three assists in six games for the Welsh side.

When speaking about Murphy’s recent performances McCarthy said: “I felt he needed a bit of loving to be quite honest”.

As well as having a clear impact on Murphy, McCarthy has changed his position in the squad, giving him a more central role as a second striker behind Kieffer Moore.

Murphy isn’t the only one the new manager has made an impact on.

Central midfielder Will Vaulks has recently spoken out about life under his new manager saying: “I’ve really enjoyed it and felt confident.”

Cardiff fans have been absolutely delighted with the turnaround they’ve witnessed since the start of McCarthy’s reign.

With a huge match against Bournemouth on Wednesday night, a win could potentially see them leapfrog the Cherries and into a playoff position in what would be an incredible turn of events in such a short space of time.

Mick McCarthy has given the Cardiff fans something to sing about of late and as they look ahead to their battle for a playoff spot, they are certainly pilling pressure onto both Reading and Bournemouth.

It has been two years since Cardiff were in the Premiership and that is something manager Mick McCarthy will certainly be looking to rectify.

The former Celtic defender has managed promotion to England’s topflight twice, however, he is yet to do so through the playoff stages.

Cardiff’s resurgence has definitely set up an exciting battle at the top end of the table.

With all eyes on Wednesday’s match at the Vitality Stadium, McCarthy and co will be hoping to continue their impressive form, extending their run of consecutive wins to six.

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