Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ralls has given his opinion on what it was like to work under former Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock.
Speaking to Bluebirds fan blog View From The Ninian, Ralls has revealed the impact that the former Cardiff boss had upon the club during his three years in charge.
Ralls said: “Neil was brilliant at getting the lads together and having a strong, tight group. He brought a couple of big characters in and we felt like we had a really good squad in that first season.
“We all thought that with a few additions, we could do well and push on. Then in that promotion season, we had a great start and the momentum was building. That whole season was brilliant. Three good sides going for two promotion places.
“Against Reading, we were a bit nervous. We did brilliantly at Hull to get a win off the back of the loss at Derby and going in to the Reading game, we knew we had to turn up and play the way we had played all season.
“Being on the pitch, you hear things so we knew that Birmingham were leading and that meant we could change our game. We didn’t have to chase and the main thing was getting the result and then the promotion. Then we could go and celebrate.”
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The 26-year-old was a pivotal performer in the Bluebirds midfield under Warnock, appearing just over 100 times under the veteran manager as he cemented his place within the club where he progressed through the under-18s setup.
He built an experienced squad with a small group of youngsters to help balance things out, but he was able to guide Cardiff back to the Premier League in 2018 as they finished second in the Championship.
He guided the club through a tough season in the Premier League, as they suffered the fate of relegation in May and after a tough start to the season, Warnock chose to resign in November 2019 following a 1-0 defeat at home to Bristol City.
Ralls was a key part of the setup after breaking through during the early stages of Warnock’s reign, and he went on to have a close relationship with the 71-year-old.
The 26-year-old always put his body on the line to help out his former manager, and he was a part of the group that Warnock trusted during his time at Cardiff.