Cardiff City 2016/17 season
League Position: 12th (2015/16: 8th)
Average league attendance: 16,564 (2015/16: 16,463)
Top league goalscorer: Kenneth Zohore (12)
Any hopes The Bluebirds had of repeating or bettering their eighth place finish 12 months ago evaporated following a slow start to the season under Paul Trollope which had them hovering around the relegation zone before Neil Warnock took over and guided the Welsh side to a mid-table finish.
Under Trollope The Bluebirds picked up just eight points from their opening 11 games, despite a number of high profiles summer additions, and sat 23rd in the table at the start of the October international break. The Cardiff hierarchy acted swiftly, removing Trollope and appointing Warnock the very next day. The veteran manager brought Sol Bamba, Maroaune Chamakh, and Junior Hoillett before his first game in charge.
The improvement was immediate as City picked up seven points from their first three games before going on to win seven of Warnock's first 15 league games in charge to move comfortably into mid-table. Another four wins in five in February all-but secured safety with a dozen games to go.
The final third of the season was a real mixed bag for the Welsh side with four wins, including one over The Bees at The Cardiff City Stadium, five draws and four defeats as they finished the season firmly in mid-table, 18 points off the top six but 11 points clear of the drop zone.
Cardiff City Stadium
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When it comes to managerial experience, there aren't too many who can match Neil Warnock's 35 years in the game. Warnock made his name by leading Notts County from the Third Division to the First Division in the early 1990's. He also won promotion with Huddersfield Town and Plymouth Argyle before an eight-year spell with his boyhood club Sheffield United. At Bramall Lane he led The Blades to the 2003 FA Cup and League Cup Semi-Finals before winning promotion to the Premier League in 2006. He resigned after United were relegated in 2007 before two spells with Crystal Palace and Queens Park Rangers, either side of a year at Leeds United, ahead of a move to Rotherham United in February 2016. He performed a minor miracle in keeping The Millers up last season before departing in the summer.
Head to Head
Brentford wins: 14
Cardiff City wins: 20