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Sport What Cardiff City would be getting in ex-Chelsea coach Jody Morris as positive Derby County experience telling

17:35  25 october  2021
17:35  25 october  2021 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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Cardiff City have a big choice to make when it comes to appointing their next manager.

Do they go for a young, up-and-coming manager with a fresh approach or do they opt for experience?

Given their current plight - they stand 21st in the Championship, in horrible form and are "under siege" off the pitch - favouring a rookie coach could prove to be too much of a risk.

The two frontrunners to Mick McCarthy's successor are currently Chris Wilder and Jody Morris.

Wilder would bring knowhow from his five years at Sheffield United and a wealth of knowledge from his 20-year coaching career, in which he masterminded promotion to the Premier League.

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He would also command a hefty contract and with no funds available to the new man in January and likely the summer, it could prove difficult to snare the 54-year-old.

So what about Morris, then?

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Vincent Tan, Mehmet Dalman and Ken Choo are currently chewing the fat over the youth-versus-experience debate.

If they opt for former Chelsea man Morris, this is what they'll be getting.

We spoke to Stephen Nicholson from our sister site DerbyshireLive for a Rams insight into Morris the coach.

What is Jody Morris like as a coach? What sort of style does he favour?

Jody Morris made a positive impact as assistant to manager Frank Lampard in their one season together at Derby County.

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The Rams, helped by key loan signings of Mason Mount, Harry Wilson and Fikayo Tomori, went agonisingly close to winning promotion. They reached the Championship play-off final where they lost 2-1 to Aston Villa.

The team's style of play under Lampard and Morris was easy on the eye at times, purposeful, hard-working and on the front foot. Lampard and Morris, who was successful as youth-team coach at Chelsea, placed a lot of faith in the younger players, their enthusiasm and energy, and this produced a nice balance in the team.

Would he be suited to working at a club in a relegation fight?

I think if a coach or manager is right for a job, then they are the right person to tackle the situation that particular club finds itself in whether that is battling against relegation, hovering around mid-table or pushing up the table.

Is he ready to step up as a No.1?

There is really only one way a coach or manager can answer that question, and that is by being given the opportunity. Experienced manager or first-time manager? There are no guarantees with either.

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