Harris – I am not Neil Warnock ‘Mark II’

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Neil Harris admitted he came back down to earth with a bump after watching FA Cup giant-killers Millwall stumble to a goalless draw with Rotherham.

New Cardiff boss Neil Harris says he is "not Neil Warnock Mark II" and he will look to implement his own playing style during his time in South Wales.

Former Millwall manager Harris was confirmed as the successor to Warnock at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday and he will be tasked with improving the fortunes of a side that have only won one of their previous six games.

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Warnock was known for playing a very direct style during his time in charge of the Bluebirds and Harris was attributed with adopting a similar approach during his four-and-a-half years at Millwall.

However, the 42-year-old insists he is not just a carbon copy of Warnock and he plans to eventually implement a different approach during his time at Cardiff.

“Millwall fans demand getting the ball forward quickly and (want the players to) have physical attributes,” Harris told the BBC. “Some of those principles I will stick to, I want to adjust because of how I am as a coach.

“I don’t think there is Neil Warnock mark II – he’s his own man and I’m respectful towards that.

“I have to be respectful of the players I’ve got and we can’t change overnight. There has to be a process to that and it takes time. But ultimately I want to adjust the mindset of the players. It’s not just one style of play; you have to find the way of beating the opponent.”

Harris certainly enjoyed success during his time with Millwall, as he guided them to promotion to the Championship via the League One playoffs in 2017 and went on to stabilise the Lions in the second tier before his departure at the start of October.

The former forward takes over a Cardiff side in 14th spot in the table and his first match in charge will be a trip to The Valley to take on Charlton on Saturday.

The Bluebirds are only seven points off the play-off positions despite sitting in the bottom half of the table and they will be hopeful of improving sufficiently enough under Harris that they can mount a challenge for an immediate return to the Premier League come the end of the season.

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