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Exclusive: Jobi Mcanuff offers verdict on significant recent Cardiff City decision

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Discovery+ and Quest pundit Jobi McAnuff says he can understand why Steve Morison has been appointed Cardiff City manager on a permanent basis.

Following the sacking of Mick McCarthy in October following a run of eight straight defeats, Morison was promoted from his role as the Bluebirds’ Under 23s head coach, to take charge of the senior team.

Morison’s first game in temporary charge of Cardiff saw the Welsh club recover from a 3-0 half time deficit to draw 3-3 with Stoke thanks to goals from Rubin Colwill, Mark Harris and Kieffer Moore.

A 1-0 defeat at home to QPR followed, before Morison’s third game in caretaker charge saw two late goals from Moore secure a 2-1 comeback win over Huddersfield.

In the wake of that success, Cardiff announced that Morison had been handed the job on a permanent basis until the end of the season.

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After confirmation of that appointment, Morison’s first game as permanent Cardiff manager again saw the club come from behind to claim a 2-1 win, this time thanks to Mark McGuinness and James Collins’ first goals for the club away at Preston.

Now it seems that Mcanuff believes the stability, and the former centre forward’s ability to get the best out of Moore, could make this a smart appointment for the Bluebirds.

Asked what he made of Cardiff’s decision to appointment Morison until the end of the season, McAnuff – who made 48 appearances for the Welsh club between 2004 and 2005 – exclusively told Football League World:

“I think it’s important to have stability at football clubs, and clearly he’s gone in and impressed the hierarchy enough in the games that he’s had.

“They were 3-0 down at Stoke, they looked dead and buried, but had a fantastic second-half comeback there.

“He’s got Kieffer Moore scoring again, which was a big issue for Cardiff this season, and given his experience as a similar type of striker to Kieffer Moore is something that has really helped. 

“I’m sure he knows what it takes for a centre forward of that ilk to get the service that is required and clearly that’s something that has so far paid off.

“So that’s another big factor for the ownership, because he’s such an important player for Cardiff, and with him scoring and playing well it gives them a good chance of picking up results.

“I think the last point in terms of the players, it’s really important that they’ve got that the definitive about who’s going to be the gaffer between now and the end of the season.

“He can go and put his stamp on it, put his authority on the group and make sure that everyone’s on board with him.

“So I can certainly see why they’ve gone and made the decision, and it’s good to see a young coach getting an opportunity in the Championship.”

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UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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