Cardiff City: Danny Gabbidon & Scott Young focus on Derby

Danny Gabbidon and Scott Young
Danny Gabbidon (left) and Scott Young are former Cardiff team-mates

Cardiff caretaker management duo Danny Gabbidon and Scott Young say they are not looking beyond Saturday's Championship encounter at Derby County.

But Gabbidon, who arrived as a player-coach in September, said: "Who knows what will happen if you get a few results."

Ex-Bluebirds defenders Gabbidon, 35, and Young, 38, are in temporary charge following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's exit.

The duo want the squad to show more energy and organisation on the pitch.

Tony Pulis, Craig Bellamy and Dundee's Paul Hartley are out of the running to succeed Solskjaer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Cardiff record
Played: 30 Won: 9 Drawn: 5 Lost: 16

And Gabbidon admitted being charge for no matter how long was "daunting".

After being released by Crystal Palace, Gabbidon trained under Solskjaer over the summer and was then offered a contract.

The centre-back, who has won 49 caps for Wales, spent five years at Cardiff after signing from West Bromwich Albion in August 2000 and made 219 appearances for the Bluebirds.

Gabbidon, who left Cardiff for West Ham United in 2005, has also played for Queens Park Rangers.

The Cwmbran-born player joined Palace on a free transfer in September 2012 but was one of 12 players released by the Eagles in May.

Gabbidon said his journey from Palace to taking charge at Cardiff City Stadium was "a rollercoaster".

Scott Young
Scott Young has managed Port Talbot and AFC Porth

He added: "Obviously from coming back to the club, back here training, signing a contract and actually managing the team before I've actually played a game - it's kind of a little bit strange.

"Probably a good question for Question of Sport or something like that."

Young, a former team-mate of Gabbidon, said: "It's a great opportunity for us.

"We're both sort of Cardiff lads through and through so it's a great honour to take the team on Saturday."

Gabbidon agreed with Young's assessment, adding: "It's been sprung on us a little bit… but we didn't hesitate in saying yes to the role and we're excited and looking forward.

"Hopefully they'll [players] take on board what we've got to say."

Solskjaer's departure "surprised" Gabbidon, who said Cardiff's players respected the Norwegian.

"You don't really get a lot of time in this business anymore," said Gabbidon.

"It's a results business and it's a little bit surprising this early in the season, but these things do happen and as players you have to try and get on with it and we take responsibility for that as well.

"Who knows if we get a couple of good results, who knows what would happen.

"But at the moment we're just kind of focusing on this one game… and whatever happens after that happens.

"And we know there's been a few candidates thrown about for the job so that's not for us to really go into."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer starred as a Manchester United and Norway striker

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