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Postby Forever Blue » Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:54 am

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Thursday 19th November 2020


Neil Harris tells of the clubs change of plans on the new training ground, that they’ve now decided to rebuild on the old trading ground they used 15 years ago in LLANRUMNEY.



Got a clear run of fixtures now until March, opportunity for a fresh start?


NEIL HARRIS:

Every team will be different but for us, clarity in what’s ahead is there for us now. It suits us.

Post-lockdown it was a nine-game season. Now, up until Christmas we want it to be a productive period for us, get points on the board.






NEIL HARRIS:



Regarding Lee Tomlins latest injury.
"We are looking from now, at least another eight weeks, middle January at best before he is back available, maybe even February."



As for the other injured players, Greg Cunningham is back on the training pitch as he steps up his recovery, but he will be unavailable for Millwall this weekend.



Jordi Osei-Tutu, though, is still some way off a return to the side, with Harris stating it might well be another four weeks of recovery for his hamstring issue.

"It's another two weeks of recovery, but he's still got at least another four weeks before we think about getting him included.

"The hamstring area is a dangerous one because he is an explosive player.

"We are really pleased with how he has gone, he is a great pro, a great credit to his family and Arsenal, he does everything that is asked of him, a great lad."












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Neil Harris is asked about his current mood compared to how it was a few weeks ago

A little bit prickly after the Bristol game, I was gutted with the result, it was a gut wrenching result.

It was a major disappointment but it’s been a good couple of weeks.

Getting some mid-term injuries, getting a few weeks into them, and international duty, none more so than the two lads who scored for Wales last night and Mark Harris who scored for the U21s.
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Postby Forever Blue » Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:54 am

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Neil Harris is asked about his Millwall connections and the disappointment that no fans will be present this weekend

Every game is a shame without fans but I understand a Millwall connection. It can work with me or against me.

It’s a game of football at the weekend that we want to win.

Fans, it’s the new norm at the moment.

A lot of similarities in the passion of the fan bases (cardiff and Millwall). Cardiff City Stadium, big games I’ve played there and managed and the fans can be the turning point and I’m sure they would have been a couple of Fridays ago.

The same can be said of Millwall, the fans get behind them and can really spur you on.
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Postby Forever Blue » Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:59 am

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Every team will be different but for us, clarity in what’s ahead is there for us now. It suits us.

Post-lockdown it was a nine-game season. Now, up until Christmas we want it to be a productive period for us, get points on the board.





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Neil Harris provides the latest news on Osei-Tutu

It's another two weeks of recovery, but he's still got at least another four weeks before we think about getting him included.
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Postby Forever Blue » Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:00 am

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Neil Harris gives his thoughts on the rule on substitutions

We would be freer from injury if it came in at the start. I’ve heard a few people say some teams, myself included, haven’t used three subs in a game. It’s not about that, it’s about the risks you take going into a game. For us, we have lost three full backs so it’s an issue bringing attacking players on.

It’ll be able to protect players at the end of a game.

It’s vitally important to the home nations, too. I was all in favour of it. A big thing for us is the nine on the bench and the options.

Ultimately over the coming weeks and months everyone is going to be vitally important. So why not have your whole squad involved?

If you can only name 18 players then go with two young lads out of the academy, that’ll be our thought process.

So I think you’ll see some new people on squad lists in the coming weeks and months that can only be a positive.
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Neil Harris on his side's younger players stepping up of late

Friday was one of the first times we had all the Under-23s, Under-18s, some younger as well, training with us.

It was fantastic. It was so good to see. We are a football club that wants to move forward by promoting young players.

We have got to be patient, as I keep saying, but we’ve got some very talented 15, 16 and 17-year-olds that, as soon as they are good enough, I don’t care how old they are, they are in the group.

We have had lads out of school, training with the first team. That’s where we are at, that’s because we believe in good young players coming through.

But that has to run parallel with getting results on a Saturday.

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Llanrumney Cardiff City project planning application submitted, positive step?

Yeah it is, that Llanrumney site is really important for the club, developing our own site, a base for our whole academy to be at and for the first team to interact as well.

It’s got quality pitches, winter pitches, 4G, learning environment for the kids, classrooms and lads doing college there as well.

It’s having everything at one site.

It’s early days but it’s a really exciting one. Vincent’s thought process for the future, Ken [Choo], Mehmet [Dalman], the board, thinking about the longer term of the club and the youth.

We want success today, of course we do, but the thought process of giving young players a chance, coming into the first team.

Ultimately, the plan is to have XI Cardiff City kids in the first team one day. It’s not easy but that’s what the club wants to see after a period of time.

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What’s it like going back to your old stomping ground?

Really looking forward to seeing a lot of faces I know well, a manager I know really well. I’m really looking forward to that. Looking forward to going back there and getting three points for Cardiff City.

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Welsh football bounce in the dressing room?

Yeah! Definitely! Harry and Kieffer have come back into the building with a buzz, Mark Harris, too.

It lifts the group, lifts our fan base going into Saturday. We feel it and I’m sure the whole of Cardiff City does.

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It's been a year since you took over, what have you taken from it and what have you changed?

I think at Millwall I was cutting my teeth as a manager, my first job. I started out from scratch, learning on your feet every day.

I am learning and developing. Clubs run in different ways. Building those relationships, long project at Millwall.

Leaving there at the right time, coming to Cardiff and starting again with a project building from the academy upwards.

It’s another challenge and one I’m really enjoying at the moment.

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Watching Millwall now, can you take pride in the foundations you’ve laid down?

Of course I do. I enjoyed my time at the club. I enjoyed it as a player, coach and manager. I was there almost five years putting foundations in place.

Gary has taken over and done an amazing job. It’s not easy working with other people’s players but I like to think I left him with a good core group of players.

But that chapter of my life has gone and I have enough to focus on now at Cardiff City.
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Postby Forever Blue » Thu Nov 19, 2020 12:39 pm

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The time frame for Tomlin's potential return from injury

We are looking from now, at least another eight weeks, middle January at best before he is back available.

Neil Harris


Harris on Lee Tomlin

I think that’s the ideal scenario. We tried to manage him, a little bit of a gamble to manage him first few weeks of the season but it’s just not happened.

Every time he’s got close he’s had a setback. So we followed the surgeon's advice and we are trying to repair him properly, get him back on the training pitch regularly in a couple months’ time and then a sustained period after Christmas for 10, 15, 20 games in a row.

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Neil Harris gives a full injury update, and there's a major blow concerning Lee Tomlin

Players coming back in. Cunningham is back on the training pitch, not for this weeknd but he’s back on the training pitch.

We’ve not seen Gavin Whyte. Leo Bacuna, similar. Harry and Kieffer have been in the building today but not on the training pitch, a bit up the air at the minute. We saw Kieffer take a right whack in the game yesterday, but other than that the lads have been fantastic.

Lee Tomlin has had an operation so he will be out for a few months unfortunately. He has not been able to manage his groins as we’d have liked.

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Postby Forever Blue » Thu Nov 19, 2020 3:06 pm

Neil Harris is asked about Wales' win over Finland

I was really proud of the players and the nation should be. I text them both afterwards to say more of the same please, in the coming weeks.

You want them to enjoy themselves and play well and hope the majority of my players will have done that over the last few weeks.

No disrespect to my players, it would be nice to have Gareth Bale in the group!

But, we are really pleased for the guys and the national side and join the elite teams. It’s fully deserved.

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One year of Neil Harris: What's happened at Cardiff City, the big strides forward and what's still left to fix

The Bluebirds manager was unveiled at Hensol Castle a year ago to the day; here, we take a look at what was said, what has been implemented and the things which still need to be addressed


Neil Harris was unveiled as Cardiff City manager a year ago today


Thursday 19th November 2020

By Glen Williams





One year ago to the day, Neil Harris strode into Hensol Castle for his unveiling as Cardiff City manager.

So much has happened since then, both on and off the pitch, and there is, of course, much still to be done moving forward.

Harris took Cardiff from the bottom end of mid-table to fifth position in the Championship standings, eventually falling short in the play-off semi-finals against Fulham.

Make no bones about it, Harris has faced his fair share of naysayers, right from the outset. There were many who were left underwhelmed by his appointment and those who called for the axe even as quickly as the turn of the year following a string of mediocre results.

There have also been those murmurings again after a flat start to this campaign, but it is probably safe to say those voices, though loud, are in the minority, because most Bluebirds fans, while rightly having high expectations, recognise the good work and foundations which have been laid in the last 12 months.

Since his appointment, only one team has lost fewer Championship games, only two have won more, only three teams have scored more goals and only four have conceded fewer.

It might not have been pretty at times, but those figures stack up. It has built up the credit in the bank and many appreciate that.

There is no denying, though, that it is a crucial period now in the lead-up to Christmas, because Cardiff's results must pick up if they are to propel themselves into the top-six mix come the New Year. They certainly have the weaponry in their armoury to do it, but the positive summer acquisitions and established, experienced players belie their league position of 15th.

But to gain a greater oversight into how far the club have come over the last year and how far they have still left to go, we revisit what the manager said in that suite at Hensol Castle and see what has been delivered and what remains a work-in-progress...





Q. What are your football principles on and off the field?

Neil Harris: "There’s been a wonderful recent history at this club, for everybody. So I will bring humility to the club, huge energy and excitement about the group. Principles on the pitch, to be the manager the same way I played. Wholehearted, aggressive, passing the ball, getting it forward the right times. Working with a group of players who have been recruited previously, it’s not a revolution overnight. We want to be an aggressive team."

By and large, Harris had managed with humility. There have been a few occasions when he has showed his anger on the sideline or stormed into a press conference, when quite often that is what he would have liked to do.

For the most part he has handled defeat well, although there has been the odd occasion when he has been teeming with frustration or ire.

There have been glimpses of wholeheartedness and aggression, notably pre and post-lockdown, but that edge, that gnarl which we had become accustomed to from Cardiff City, has just evaded them so far this season. Whether that is down to burnout or a short turnaround from last term it is unclear.

What is clear, though, is the Bluebirds need that bit back between their teeth soon if they are to start stringing together results once again.




Q. Footballing style is deemed to be Warnock-like?

"What you’re referring to is the club previously and the way we played (Millwall). Getting the ball forward quickly, some principles I will stick to, some I want to adjust now. How I’ve come through as a coach I want to stick to some of them. I don’t think there is a Neil Warnock mark II. I will be respectful to the players I’ve got. There has to be a process of change, it won’t be overnight. I want to adjust the mindset of the players, not just one style of play. Top-six finish is ultimately the aim, I won’t make any promises because we have to earn the right. It’s not easy when you come out of the Premier League to get there. You get fans over by winning games of football and being yourself."




A little bit of a mixed bag to unpick here.

Neil Warnock a few weeks back claimed that Cardiff had not changed much since he left, on the evidence of that 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough, but that was probably a little unfair, especially when you think back to when City dismantled Boro up at the Riverside post-lockdown with some scintillating football in a 3-1 win.

Plus, as Cardiff fans know all too well, when you play against a Neil Warnock team you can very easily get dragged into those dogfights. Either way, Harris refuted the claim.

But while a number of performances stick in the head in which Cardiff dominated and played with a swagger - Huddersfield away, Preston away, Boro away, Hull City home - they are yet to really nail down a style of play, per se.


Harris continues to speak of finding different ways to attack and varying the manner in which they create chances and score goals, but the lack of continuity and structure in how they attack appears to be hindering them somewhat.

At the back end of last term, Cardiff were excellent at utilising the set piece and the counter-attack and were resolute in midfield and at the back.

Now, though, they have slightly more possession of the ball and play more passes, but seemingly create fewer clear-cut chances to score.
Harry Wilson and Kieffer Moore have been brilliant signings, while Sheyi Ojo has also added to the attack. But there is a question mark over whether the old and the new have not quite melded together in a perfect harmony just yet. A work-in-progress for the minute.

The tools are there, but the structure and confidence from the tail end of last seasons seems to have dissipated.

And the back end of that statement, aiming to launch City into the play-offs from 14th position, is a resounding green tick. An incredible second half of the campaign made sure of that.

And in doing so, he also ticked off the last piece of that statement, winning over a large proportion of the doubters. He needs to rally his troops once again, though, if he is to keep the wolf from the door in the coming months.






Q. Plans for the academy?

"The academy, I want to work close with the academy. You look at the squad and I certainly want to build that relationship with the academy. Some plans moving forward with the club to progress that and produce a pathway to come through."

Far greater attention has been paid to the emerging talent at Cardiff City over the last 12 months than it did in the previous three years, of that we can be sure.

While the results will not be evident straight away, the long-term goal has certainly taken shape.

Harris has chopped down the size of the senior squad, letting 12 players go in two transfer windows, while bringing six players in during the last window, albeit only two permanently.

He has appointed Steve Morison, someone he knows well from Millwall, as the club's under-23s coach and told him to play the best young players, whether they are 16,17 or 18 in that team to give them the best chance of exposure to better football.

That was not the case during the previous regime, when the under-23s were clogged up by a number of players who were 20-plus or first teamers not getting a game because of the bloated senior squad.

Now, the debris has cleared and youngsters are getting the chance to train regularly with the first team. Joel Bagan has been given his Championship bow this season, and did brilliantly it must be said, while Mark Harris and Tom Sang, prior to his Cheltenham loan, have featured in matchday squads.


Kieron Evans, Isaak Davies, Tavio d'Almeida and George Ratcliffe are all regulars in senior training, too. There have also been encouraging developments with some new youngsters, 16 and 17-year-olds, in recent weeks as well, which the club hopes will bear fruit in years to come.
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"Lee Tomlin has had an operation at the start of this [international break], so he will be out for a few months unfortunately," Harris said. "He has not been able to manage his groins for as long as we would have hoped.

"So, that's one downside to the break, but what he has done is have the operation quickly and a couple of weeks of that recuperation period has passed already."

"We tried to manage him, a little bit of a gamble to manage him the first few weeks of the season, with the full cooperation of Lee, but it’s just not happened. He has not been able to have a sustained period on the training pitch or turn that into game time.

"Every time he’s got close he’s had a setback. So we followed the surgeon's advice and took the surgery route.


"It's not ideal for anyone but hopefully we can repair Lee properly, both groins, and get him back on the training pitch regularly in a couple months’ time and once we do that we can get him back on the pitch regularly, then he gets a sustained period after Christmas where he is ready for for 10, 15, 20 games in a row.

"Ultimately, any player plays their best football when they have that continuity."
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Re: BREAKING NEIL HARRIS:

Postby Forever Blue » Thu Nov 19, 2020 3:48 pm

Neil Harris is asked about his current mood compared to how it was a few weeks ago

A little bit prickly after the Bristol game, I was gutted with the result, it was a gut wrenching result.

It was a major disappointment but it’s been a good couple of weeks.

Getting some mid-term injuries, getting a few weeks into them, and international duty, none more so than the two lads who scored for Wales last night and Mark Harris who scored for the U21s.
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Re: BREAKING NEIL HARRIS:

Postby Forever Blue » Thu Nov 19, 2020 3:58 pm

Got a clear run of fixtures now until March, opportunity for a fresh start?


NEIL HARRIS:

Every team will be different but for us, clarity in what’s ahead is there for us now. It suits us.

Post-lockdown it was a nine-game season. Now, up until Christmas we want it to be a productive period for us, get points on the board.
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Postby Forever Blue » Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:28 pm

Llanrumney Cardiff City project planning application submitted, positive step?




Neil Harris tells of the clubs change of plans on the new training ground, that they’ve now decided to rebuild on the old trading ground they used 15 years ago in LLANRUMNEY.




NEIL HARRIS:

Yeah it is, that Llanrumney site is really important for the club, developing our own site, a base for our whole academy to be at and for the first team to interact as well.

It’s got quality pitches, winter pitches, 4G, learning environment for the kids, classrooms and lads doing college there as well.

It’s having everything at one site.

It’s early days but it’s a really exciting one. Vincent’s thought process for the future, Ken [Choo], Mehmet [Dalman], the board, thinking about the longer term of the club and the youth.

We want success today, of course we do, but the thought process of giving young players a chance, coming into the first team.

Ultimately, the plan is to have XI Cardiff City kids in the first team one day. It’s not easy but that’s what the club wants to see after a period of time.

Neil Harris
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Re: BREAKING NEIL HARRIS: " UPDATES CARDIFF CITY FANS "

Postby Forever Blue » Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:54 pm

" NEIL HARRIS WANTS 11 CARDIFF CITY PLAYERS TO ALL COME FROM THE CARDIFF ACADEMY "



NEIL HARRIS:

"With the new plans being submitted for the new state of the art academy in Llanrumney and Cardiff City now focussing on bringing in the academy kids to play for the first team, Vincent Tan would like to see our squad trimmed to 18 senior players, backed up by the academy for now."

"Ultimately, without getting too carried away, the plan is to have 11 Cardiff City kids in the first team one day as men. Not easy, but that's the focus and what the club want to see after a period of time."


" For me building a club from academy upwards is a great project to be involved in and I am very excited by the future, but this takes time and everyone has to be patient."
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Re: BREAKING NEIL HARRIS: " UPDATES CARDIFF CITY FANS "

Postby montyblue » Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:31 pm

Harris wanted to trim the squad and its come back to bite him on the arse
did he not fa tor in injuries tomlin 8 weeks tutu 6 weeks if wilson gets injured where buggered.
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Re: BREAKING NEIL HARRIS: " UPDATES CARDIFF CITY FANS "

Postby OriginalGrangeEndBlue » Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:54 pm

montyblue wrote:Harris wanted to trim the squad and its come back to bite him on the arse
did he not fa tor in injuries tomlin 8 weeks tutu 6 weeks if wilson gets injured where buggered.


Come on Monty boy don’t you realise that the club wanted/needed to trim the squad?
Nothing to do with Harris wanting to just a fact that it was his brief.
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Re: BREAKING NEIL HARRIS: " UPDATES CARDIFF CITY FANS "

Postby montyblue » Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:05 pm

OriginalGrangeEndBlue


Yes i do realise the squad needed trimming but harris stated he was happy to let it come down very low and was happy with what he had or do you think he was told to say that and not have an opinion if that's the case then he is just a cog in the wheel and a yes man and has to take the flack then when it goes tits up
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Re: BREAKING NEIL HARRIS: " UPDATES CARDIFF CITY FANS "

Postby OriginalGrangeEndBlue » Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:20 am

montyblue wrote:OriginalGrangeEndBlue


Yes i do realise the squad needed trimming but harris stated he was happy to let it come down very low and was happy with what he had or do you think he was told to say that and not have an opinion if that's the case then he is just a cog in the wheel and a yes man and has to take the flack then when it goes tits up


You don’t have to be a yes man to go along with the clubs budgeting and financial outlooks.
You rarely hear any managers cursing their boards out but like any other manager he would have preferred to have more players and bring more players in.
A manager is never happy with the players they have but they can rarely say that.
And yes, I agree with you that the buck stops with the manager always.
If he fails then he’s the one who takes the flak.
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