Press Conference | Neil Warnock pre-Luton Town
Neil Warnock held a press conference at the Vale Resort on the eve of the Bluebirds’ opening home match of the season against Luton Town.
Following a deadline day which saw the arrival in the Welsh capital of Isaac Vassell and Marlon Pack, Neil gave his verdict on City’s latest recruits.
"I’m so delighted to have [Marlon Pack],” began the Gaffer. “It’s hard to replace players like Aron Gunnarsson. I don’t want to call him that, but you need those talkers and leaders and he’s one.
“He always controlled the area and I was surprised he became available. As soon as he did, I was delighted to get him.
“I’ve always liked Isaac [Vassell] too. The situation is a little bit like Curtis Nelson, who I watched for quite a while and thought I could do something with him. I think I can get more out of Isaac too.”
Thursday also saw the loan departures of Greg Cunningham and Bobby De Cordova-Reid, while Loïc Damour’s move to Hearts was confirmed on Friday morning.
"You know what my teams are built on,” the Gaffer continued when asked about De Cordova-Reid’s switch to Fulham.
“If a player thinks it's better elsewhere, you can't blame them - if he thinks he will get more incentive and opportunity there.
“I’ve always said if anyone wants to leave my Club, they can. I'm not going to change now at my age.
“I could see Bobby was a little bit below par this pre-season, since the conversation with the agent. I'm sure he'll do well for them. They are a competitor, but it's up to us to become better ourselves, which I think we can do.”
Finally, Neil looked forward to getting back in front of the CCS faithful this weekend, with our first home match of the season potentially offering Robert Glatzel a first opportunity to pull on the blue shirt.
“I’ve been so pleased with [Glatzel’s] attitude,” added the City boss. “He stays behind after training to improve himself, he’s that kind of lad. I like the attitude and I think that might rub off on one or two.
“The fans have been amazing, as they were last week. We’re looking forward to it and we like playing at home. The volume level at home never ceases to amaze me.”