Neil Warnock: Cardiff City biggest club in Wales

Neil Warnock, manager of Cardiff City
Neil Warnock (right) celebrates the win over Nottingham Forest with Cardiff defender Matt Connolly

Neil Warnock says Cardiff City are the biggest club in Wales as he aims to extend his unbeaten start as manager.

The Championship side have won twice and drawn once since the 67-year-old succeeded Paul Trollope on 5 October.

Warnock has spoken to Bluebirds owner Vincent Tan, who he says is "happy" with the club's recent improved results.

"We are the biggest club in Wales, aren't we? It is nice to be the manager of that," said Warnock.

"It is nice to put smiles on people's faces. The atmosphere at the moment is very good and I do not think that is just at the club, but around the town."

Cardiff are one of three Welsh clubs currently playing in English football's top four divisions, with Swansea City in the Premier League and Newport County bottom of League Two.

In addition, Wrexham are 14th in the fifth-tier National League.

Swansea manager Bob Bradley refused to become involved in a war of words with Warnock.

"I spent a few days in Cardiff during the [2010] Olympics, that is my experience with Cardiff so far," he said.

"My Welsh experience expanded this week by moving out of a hotel into a nice apartment.

"But as for the rest of it? I will leave that to Neil [Warnock]."

Cardiff will be without striker Ricky Lambert for Saturday's Championship match against Wigan Athletic at Cardiff City Stadium.

Lambert suffered what Warnock described as an "horrific" leg injury in the 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest, and the 34-year-old could also miss next weekend's trip to Newcastle.

"I don't think Ricky has any chance at all [of facing Wigan]. He will see the surgeon again tomorrow [Saturday]," said Warnock.

"He had three stitches inside, nine or 10 outside. He'll definitely be OK after the international break but whether he is available for Newcastle we don't know - it depends how quickly it heals."

Swansea v Cardiff
Swansea City are Wales' only Premier League club - Cardiff are currently in the second-tier Championship

Warnock has warned his players they have to maintain their recent standards or they will be "out" - with some fringe squad members having impressed in a practice game which the manager, a qualified referee, officiated.

His arrival has prompted an immediate revival in Cardiff's fortunes, with Warnock equalling the points tally previous boss Trollope accomplished in his dozen games at the helm.

Malaysian-based owner Tan is content, according to the Cardiff manager.

"I spoke to him this week. I always speak to him, I ring him. I have not got a clue where he is, if I am honest, when I speak to him," Warnock added.

"I usually ring him first thing in the morning when I get here because I have a rough idea it will be afternoon or early evening somewhere where he is.

"Obviously I would imagine he is happy. He says he is enjoying the results, as everybody is. That is not rocket science really. Most of all the owners care about the results like we all do."

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