Ex-Cardiff City striker Nathan Blake believes Mick McCarthy will remain in his role as Bluebirds boss despite their poor recent run of form, speaking in an interview with BBC Radio Wales.
The Welsh side are currently sitting in a precarious 18th place in the Championship as things stand, with last night’s results pushing them down two further places after a miserable midweek loss to West Bromwich Albion.
A 4-0 rout from Valerien Ismael’s men at the Cardiff City Stadium has only gone on to lower morale at the second-tier side, with four consecutive losses in their last four league games after starting the season in a promising fashion and going unbeaten in their opening four.
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But since the international break, the Bluebirds have failed to step up to the plate both going forward and in defence, conceding nine goals in their last two games after being hammered 5-1 at Blackburn Rovers last weekend and scoring just three times in four fixtures.
This is partly due to Kieffer Moore’s failure to make an impact this season, recording 20 Championship goals last term but scoring just once in ten league matches so far this season, although the whole squad needs to take responsibility for their current predicament.
Mick McCarthy also needs to step up, and ultimately, he will probably be the first man to be sacrificed in the Welsh capital if performances and results don’t improve.
However, Nathan Blake believes he has may have longer left at the Cardiff City Stadium than many people think, saying to BBC Radio Wales (quotes via BBC Sport): “Mick is the type who will fight and fight to the bitter end, but I don’t understand why he seems to have gone away from playing more football and a pressing game to now, where there’s little or nothing of nothing.
“You’re just reliant upon Giles to put the ball in for [Wales striker] Kieffer Moore – you have to play Kieffer Moore weekly. You have to let him play himself into form.
“But do I think Mick will go? That’s kind of been the process at the club, hasn’t it? It’s all on the manager so it’s his fault.
“There’s no responsibility, accountability taken within the board, within the transfer committee or within the ownership, so probably yes [he’ll stay].”
Mick McCarthy has the experience to get the Bluebirds out of their current rut, but Saturday’s result against Reading will determine whether his job remains tenable or not.
Some people would say his job is already untenable, but they are unlikely to sack him between now and Saturday afternoon with the international break around the corner.
The interval will give the Cardiff hierarchy a perfect chance to appoint a new manager if they believe a change is needed – and would it really be beneficial to have a caretaker manager at the helm instead of an experienced man like McCarthy at the weekend?
It helped Nottingham Forest with Steve Reid changing the formation and system to allow the East Midlands side to pick up their first win of the campaign earlier this month, but stability is probably needed until the end of the week and the Bluebirds’ board can make a more informed decision then.
Another big defeat would probably end McCarthy’s tenure if he was at most other EFL clubs, but it remains to be seen what those at the top of the club are currently thinking as they continue to slide down the table.