Ian Holloway has claimed that Neil Harris is lucky to be appointed Cardiff City boss after he was confirmed as Neil Warnock’s successor at the club towards the end of last week.
Warnock saw his three-year stint as Bluebirds manager come to an end last week when he left his position by mutual consent following the 1-0 defeat to Bristol City, and former Millwall boss Harris has now been tasked with reviving Cardiff’ fortunes.
The Welsh side are currently languishing at 14th in the Championship table following an indifferent start to the season, and they will be hoping that Harris can inject some fresh life into the club in order to improve their recent form.
The 42-year-old has been out of work since leaving his post at Millwall back in October following their poor start to the season, with his resignation signalling the end of his four-year reign at The Den, where he consolidated the Lions’ Championship status.
Harris took over at Millwall following the club’s sacking of Holloway back in 2015, and the former Premier League boss has now offered his verdict on the Bluebirds’ recent appointment of Harris as Warnock’s successor.
Writing in his column for the Mirror, Holloway described Cardiff as a fantastic club before claiming that Harris has been lucky to land the role, even though Holloway believes he deserves another chance in management.
“Neil Harris has replaced him [Warnock] and he is one of a number of young managers out there who deserve another chance,” he said.
“Cardiff is a fantastic club with a massive support and Neil Harris is a very lucky man in my opinion. Good luck to him.”
Is Neil Harris the right man for Cardiff?
Harris has been given a fantastic opportunity at Cardiff, as he now has the chance to prove himself in management away from Millwall, while he will be working with a highly-talented squad at an established club.
Holloway is definitely correct in that Harris deserves another chance at Championship level, as it was always going to be difficult for him to maintain success at Millwall over such a long period, and he now has the chance for a clean slate at Cardiff.
There will have been plenty of Cardiff supporters somewhat sceptical about Harris’ appointment, but he can make a good impression by altering the style of play that became stale under Warnock, while he should also give youth more of a chance at the club.