Preview: Cardiff City vs Luton Town

Neil Harris in the dugout at Milwall. Image: BillyBatty
Neil Harris in the dugout at Milwall. Image: BillyBatty

by Matt Slater

Date: 27/11/2020

Venue: The Cardiff City Stadium

NEIL Harris finds himself in a must win situation in order to ease pressure on his job after admitting talks have been held with the Cardiff City owners.

This follows yet another lacklustre Cardiff City performance which allowed Coventry City to grab the victory a goal top the good.

Last year’s playoff semi-finalists find themselves in 18th position, having just picked up 14 points from a possible 39.

And the Bluebirds have now entered a period of games where they must win, or Harris could lose his job. But despite this, the manager has not had any conversations with his Cardiff City superiors about his position.

“Ultimately, Vincent (Tan), Mehmet (Dalman) Ken (Choo) and Steve Borley’s their opinions are the ones that count.” Harris said.

“Everyone is entitled to their own opinions within modern-day society, but what matters is what we build in-house.

“I spoke to the board and they want success. I spoke to Vincent yesterday (Thursday) about what went wrong and where we can improve.

“He is interested – he cares. He has invested a lot of money into the football club and has had success doing it. He wants the club to be successful – and I know that.

“There were no ultimatums from the chat – Vince does not need to give me ultimatums. “

The manager has also hinted that his players need to better their performances if the Bluebirds are to climb the table and cement Harris’ job security

“The lads know our current set of results haven’t been good enough. We know the demands of the football club and the demands that we put on each other.” Harris continued.

“If you are not getting the results, then criticism comes your way as a manager, and ultimately – people can only bend so far.

“I love my job, but you must get the results.

“I think this is a big period for me, a big period for the club and a big period for the group.

“I want better performances from the group.

“But ultimately, it was not a good performance against Coventry, and I felt that when we conceded the goal, the subs did not have the impact that I had hoped for.

“When you are the manager, and you aren’t getting the results, and questions come flying your way about your tenure and the loyalty you show the players, of course you want that group siege mentality. It means supporting the players, but the players supporting the manager also.

Cardiff are set to face a solid Luton Town side who are unbeaten in their last four games and have only lost one of their last seven matches.

The home side will be without Isaac Vessel, Lee Tomlin, Jordi Osei-Tuti and potentially Greg Cunningham, whereas Brendan Galloway will be the only absentee for the visitors.