What impact have new Cardiff City managers had in the Vincent Tan era?
How does Bluebirds boss Mick McCarthy compare to other Tan appointees in their first two months in post?
MICK McCarthy has now been in charge of Cardiff City for two months, most recently masterminding a derby victory over Swansea City.
As we enter a two week international break, it gives us a chance to reflect on his tenure so far.
He is the seventh permanent manager to be appointed since Vincent Tan became the owner of the club in 2010.
So how does Mick McCarthy’s impact in his first 14 games in charge compare with Tan’s other appointments?
When Mick McCarthy took over as manager of Cardiff City, they were 15th in the league having lost six games in a row, but since then the Bluebirds have shot up the table to eighth.
McCarthy’s team have only lost one of his 14 games in charge, a 2-1 defeat at home against Watford.
He has won eight games in this time, giving him a win percentage of 57% in these opening games, higher than any other Cardiff manager in the Tan era.
Malky Mackay came closest, winning seven games from his first 14, including three league cup games which would eventually take Cardiff to a cup final against Liverpool at Wembley.
Russell Slade’s team won 43% of their first 14 games, while Neil Warnock and Neil Harris both had win percentages of 36%.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won only 29%, although he began managing in the Premier League and not the Championship, unlike the other managers.
Mick McCarthy’s team also boast better statistics for goals scored in the first 14 games than any other Cardiff manager appointed by Tan.
The Bluebirds have scored 26 times for McCarthy, one more than Malky Mackay’s team in the same amount of games.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team has the worst record of the six coaches, managing only 15 goals in 14 games.
As well as having the most prolific attack, McCarthy has also solidified the defence since his arrival.
Cardiff have only conceded nine goals in his first 14 games, keeping seven clean sheets.
By comparison, Solskjaer’s Cardiff shipped 29 goals in the same period, keeping two clean sheets.
Malky Mackay had the second best defensive record in the same time frame, but still conceded nine more goals than McCarthy.
So what could happen next?
The Bluebirds are currently just four points away from the playoff positions, with eight league games to play and fans will be hoping that this positive start will translate into a Premier League promotion.
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