Neil Warnock hopes he can assist Cardiff City in finding his successor after agreeing to stay in charge for another season.
Warnock has agreed to see out the final year of his contract in the Championship following Cardiff’s relegation from the Premier League, with the veteran manager insisting the club’s owner was eager that he stay in harness.
The 70-year-old met chairman Mehmet Dalman and chief executive Ken Choo for talks on Monday when it was agreed that he would continue in a job he has held since October 2016.
“When you get relegated the manager’s position is usually in doubt,” Warnock said.
“But Vincent (Tan, Cardiff owner) made it clear last week that he wanted me to stay, and how can you not want to when you see how the fans have been with me over the last couple of years?
“It rankles a little bit that we got relegated. I just feel it’s not the time to change with the squad I’ve got and the players I want to bring in.”
While he is eager for next season, Warnock admits that the Welsh club must now start to consider who will step into the dugout when he does move aside. “We’ve got to obviously look for a replacement for me now,” he added.
“I would like to think we could do well and I can help them in that selection.”
While Cardiff are heading down, Aston Villa are now 1.62 to secure promotion via the play-offs ahead of their showdown with Derby County at Wembley. The Rams are 2.25 having stunned Leeds with a dramatic fightback at Elland Road on Wednesday.