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Lamouchi uncertain about future despite saving Cardiff from the drop

30 Apr 2023 3 minute read
Cardiff City manager Sabri Lamouchi Image by Tim Markland, PA Images

Cardiff boss Sabri Lamouchi appeared uncertain about his future following the defeat at home to struggling Huddersfield.

The Terriers, managed by former City boss Neil Warnock won 2-1 thanks to Joseph Hungbo’s super strike and a Jack Simpson own goal to leave themselves needing one point from their final two games to stay in the Championship.

When Warnock took over in mid-February, Huddersfield were in 23rd place and just one point off the bottom of the table.

Cardiff’s own relegation fears were snuffed out after Reading had failed to beat Wigan on Saturday.

But the Bluebirds were thoroughly outplayed in the second half against Town, scarcely deserving Isaak Davies’ late back-heeled consolation.

“It’s a massive club and they deserve to stay in the Championship,” said Lamouchi, who was appointed Cardiff’s third manager of the season in January and whose position remains unclear.

“I’m proud about that. It is job done, massive achievement.

“I am happy to work with this squad, but it (the future) is not about what I want to do. It’s about what the club want to do. It’s very simple.”


Warnock urged his players to maintain their focus with survival in sight.

“We’ve come this far and it would be the icing on the cake (to survive). We can’t let it go now,” said the 74-year-old.

“The lads enjoy playing for us and the euphoria is there but, when you’re in relegation trouble, jobs are at stake. I do feel a bit of responsibility.”

Huddersfield finish their season with two home games against promoted Sheffield United and 22nd-placed Reading.

“I’ve always thought it would go down to Reading, it still might,” said Warnock, who admitted to being emotional after Cardiff fans clapped him at the final whistle in recognition of this three-year spell there between 2016 and 2019.

“Sheffield United are a good side, people said they might take the foot off the pedal now they’ve got promoted.

“Looks like, didn’t it? They really took their foot off the pedal on Saturday when they won 4-1.

“But it just shows what you can do. I think the lads have probably surprised themselves, we’ve got better players than what they were achieving.

“Sometimes you do under-achieve and they just need an arm around them. I’m glad I’ve come in and done my bit because we needed an old head.

“I think if I’d been there for three months we’d have had a good chance of the play-offs, as it’s such an open league apart from Burnley.”

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