Cardiff manager Neil Warnock has raved about the Leeds United fans ahead of his side’s trip to Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.
Warnock, 69, spent just over a year managing Leeds between February 2012 and April 2013, and although his time there was short-lived, he believes it is the biggest club he has worked at in his entire career.
Since leaving Elland Road, Warnock has had spells at Crystal Palace and Rotherham before taking up the reigns at Cardiff in October 2016.
The South Wales club look as though they are well in contention for promotion back to the Premier League this season as they sit fourth in the standings and have a game in hand on the three teams above them.
Warnock has admitted he cannot wait to return to Yorkshire to manage the Bluebirds against Thomas Christiansen’s men, but he will no doubt hope that his side can keep up their promotion-hunting momentum on Saturday afternoon.
“It’s a fabulous club and biggest club I’ve been at by a mile, no disrespect to Cardiff or any of my other clubs. It’s just a massive club, the fans are good, all round the area for 20 miles, there’s nothing but Leeds United, they’re all Leeds United mad and there’d be full houses every week if they got back,” he said, as quoted by LeedsLive.
“I had a great time living there, met some lovely people but it wasn’t meant to be. The majority of fans there don’t give me too much stick because I kept the club stable for a while when I was there.”
He added: “They have some really good players. Roofe, the two wide lads, their really good so we’re going to have to be on our game. The atmosphere is so good I think. I like going back up to Yorkshire.”
Leeds’ hopes of promotion have taken a battering in the past couple of weeks as they sit 10th in the table and four points adrift of the top six.
Christiansen has not overseen a win since Boxing Day with four defeats and two draws in the six games since.
Three of them games have seen the Whites had players sent off in what has been a very poor month of discipline at Elland Road.
Samuel Saiz and Eunan O’Kane, Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper are all expected to be sidelined against Cardiff due to suspensions.
In other Leeds United news, it has been confirmed that the Whites have terminated this centre-forward’s deal.