Cardiff City sack manager Mick McCarthy and assistant Terry Connor
Cardiff City have sacked manager Mick McCarthy after a disastrous run of eight defeats on the bounce.
The shocking run of results has seen Cardiff plummet from eighth to 21st in the Championship in little over a month.
During their desperate run, Cardiff have scored only one goal and fuming supporters were demanding McCarthy’s exit long before the final whistle of Saturday’s home defeat.
Cardiff City Football Club have said that Mick McCarthy has left after eight straight losses
The former Republic of Ireland manager had been in charge since January after being sacked by Cypriot club APOEL Nicosia.
Former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder, spotted at Fulham last Wednesday night as Cardiff lost 2-0, is among the front-runners to succeed McCarthy, who did not attend media duties after the defeat. Chris Hughton and Craig Bellamy are also names apparently being considered.
It was former City hero Neil Warnock who inflicted the last rites for McCarthy, masterminding a routine victory for his current side Middlesbrough at the Cardiff City Stadium which persuaded the Welsh club’s owners to act.
McCarthy’s assistant Terry Connor has also left the club, with Under 23s boss Steve Morison taking temporary charge of the first team alongside his assistant Tom Ramasut.
It is understood that the pair will be in charge for the next three games, against Stoke, QPR and Huddersfield, to take Cardiff into the international break.
‘We would like to thank Mick and Terry for their efforts and wish them all the best for the future,’ the club said in a statement. Cardiff are now on their worst-ever run and have been beaten in their past six home games, also a new club record.
Middlesbrough deservedly went ahead in the match through an Andraz Sporar penalty before Martin Payero made the game safe with the visitors’ second goal after 74 minutes.
The second goal prompted a furious response from the home fans which the board simply could not ignore.
Boro were more than worthy winners, carving out chances galore in a one-sided first half, with Paddy McNair, Uche Ikpeazu and Matt Crooks coming close to scoring.
He and his assistant manager Terry Connor (left) have left the club by ‘mutual consent’
McNair also fired against the crossbar in the second half when Cardiff did at least look more competitive.
James Collins should have scored but shot tamely at keeper Joe Lumley and Aden Flint grazed the crossbar. ‘I thought we won the game in the first 10 minutes of that second half,’ said Warnock.
‘We knew they would have to change it and throw the kitchen sink at us and once we’d recovered from that, I thought we were relatively comfortable.
‘We won’t get too carried away by three wins in a row.’
The decision to sack him came after Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Middlesborough (above)
McCarthy’s sad end contrasted with the early days of his reign at Cardiff which began in superb fashion — not losing any of his first 11 games in charge.
That run even saw City break into the play-off spots, albeit briefly, after beating current table-toppers Bournemouth in late February last season.
But after a huge player turnover in the transfer window this summer, Cardiff have not looked themselves at all this season and chairman Mehmet Dalman revealed that the club are actively seeking to refinance.
‘We need money,’ said Dalman before yesterday’s game. ‘The pandemic has hit us hard.’