Former Cardiff City striker Jay Bothroyd has given his verdict on Cardiff City’s ambitions for the current season and where he thinks they should be aiming for in the next couple of years, in an exclusive interview with 888sport.
Bothroyd joined the Bluebirds in 2008 for a fee of £350,000 and spent three seasons with the club, making 133 appearances and scoring 45 goals, as he helped guide them to the Championship playoff final in 2010, and earned a solitary England cap in 2010 due to his form with the Bluebirds.
The 37-year-old striker said: “Warnock was successful with Cardiff, but now Harris has come in and it’s difficult for him.
“They don’t have a big squad and I don’t think they have a squad to compete for promotion at the moment.
“What they need to do now is get rid of the players and start recruiting and building.
“Then next year, or the year after, they need to be thinking about winning the Championship.
“At the moment though, the squad isn’t good enough to do that and the teams coming down from the Premier League have all the money.
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“Cardiff are in a situation where they have to invest and bring in players, or it will be tough.”
Neil Warnock took charge of Cardiff City in 2016 with them languishing within the Championship drop zone, and he steered them to safety before guiding them to promotion in the 2017/2018 season.
The 71-year-old manager endured the highs and lows of the Premier League for one season, before relegation followed and Warnock struggled with his Bluebirds side to try and take them back up, eventually choosing to resign in November 2019.
Neil Harris was quickly appointed as Cardiff manager, and he has helped turn the side around as he has guided them towards the top half of the Championship table having lost just twice in 13 games across all competitions under their new manager.
Read the full 888sport interview with Bothroyd here.