Caretaker Bosses call on City squad to rally at Derby
sat for Friday morning’s media duties, following the news of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s departure as Cardiff City Boss on Thursday.Danny Gabbidon and Scott YoungCaretaker Managers
The Bluebirds travel to Derby County’s iPro Stadium in the East Midlands on Saturday, looking to get back on track after recent disappointments at home to Norwich City and Middlesbrough.
revealed what this new responsibility means to him on a personal level – and what he’s determined to help try and forge for his Football Club.ScottAnd having made 275 appearances for Cardiff City between 1993 and 2004,
“I received a phone call yesterday morning while I was driving to the Academy, telling me to keep my phone with me,” the former City Skipper began.
“The Chairman then rang at about eleven o’clock to tell me to get to the Vale, where he said they hadn’t taken training yet. The call was a little late for me to take training yesterday, so our first session together is this morning.
“The brief is to take the team on Saturday alongside Danny. Tan Sri and the Chairman have given us the reigns for Saturday and we’ll see what happens after that. We’re both Cardiff lads through and through, and it’ll be a great honour to be able to take the team for both of us.
“We need to get the lads to buying into our approach this morning, and hopefully we can get something out of them tomorrow. Danny and I are both former defenders and winning football matches is made easier when you keep clean sheets. We’ll be working hard on sorting our defensive shape and organisation ahead of tomorrow.
“The message to the fans will be the same as normal: back the team tomorrow, from the first minute to the last, like you do week-in week-out. That’s all we can ask. We’ll try and get the players motivated and ready to show the passion that Cardiff City Football Club expects.”
Danny – who returned to the Club in a player coach capacity in August – echoed his former team-mate’s sentiments, suggesting that a spirited and whole-hearted performance is the very minimum expectation set by himself and his colleague.
“As Scott says, this is a great opportunity, and we’re excited to take the lads tomorrow and to see what we can do," said Danny. "Neither of us hesitated in saying yes. We’re looking forward to tomorrow.
“Hopefully the lads will take on board what we say to them. We will aim to get our points across today, even though we haven’t got a lot of time.
“We want to get them in good spirits, so that they can put on a good performance tomorrow.
“We’ve just been told to take the game tomorrow, and that’s as much as we know really. We could end up getting a few good results, and after that you never know - whatever happens happens.
“Tan Sri and the Chairman will have their own ideas on how best to move the Club forward, so we’ll see.
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“We know how big this Football Club is and what it means to our supporters. I think former players have a good understanding of that, so we hope we can make things work tomorrow.”