Cardiff City winger Junior Hoilett has revealed he was hurt to learn of Neil Warnock’s departure from the club as a result of the former Bluebirds boss’ significant impact on his career.
Hoilett has started all three matches since new Cardiff manager Neil Harris’ appointment at the club, but he still speaks fondly of Warnock after the 71-year-old initially brought Hoilett to the Welsh capital in 2016.
Warnock made the winger his first signing following his arrival at Cardiff in September of that year, and Hoilett has gone on to make over 130 appearances during his impressive career for the Bluebirds.
The 29-year-old has scored 18 goals and registered 19 assists from the flank during this time, while he played a key role during Cardiff’s promotion-winning season from the Championship in the 2017/18 campaign.
Speaking to the BBC, Hoilett has now opened up about the impact Warnock’s departure had on him after the ex-Cardiff manager resigned from his position back in November following an underwhelming start to the season.
“He was not only a great manager but a great human being to me,” he said.
“He helped me out at a hard time in my career. I was out of football for two months but he told me he was going to get a club soon. I put my trust in him and it paid off.
“When you lose a manager like that, who believed in you and gave you confidence when you were down, it’s going to hurt you.”
Hoilett’s recent run of starts under Harris means he has now registered a total of 17 appearances this term, and he will be hoping to add to this tally when Cardiff welcome relegation strugglers Barnsley to South Wales on Saturday.
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There can be no doubting that Warnock’s departure would have had an impact on the squad given that most of the players had worked with him for a number of years, with Hoilett particularly owing much to the 71-year-old after bringing him to the club in the first place.
However, this only serves to make Cardiff’s impressive run of form under Harris even more impressive. The Bluebirds have collected seven points from a possible nine since his arrival, with the former Millwall boss deserving plenty of credit for how he has galvanised the squad in recent matches.