Ahead of tomorrow night’s clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock insists there is no ill feeling between himself and Nuno Espirito Santo.
The Daily Mirror explain that the managers were involved in an altercation after April’s meeting between the two clubs at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The teams were involved in an intense battle in the fight for promotion to the Premier League, and tensions spilled over after the full-time whistle.
Wolves won the match 1-0 after the Bluebirds missed two stoppage-time penalties, and Warnock was upset that his counterpart failed to immediately shake his hand and instead celebrated with his players and travelling supporters.
The 69-year-old branded the Portuguese a ‘total disgrace’ after the match, but revealed they have since met and put it behind them:
I telephoned him when they got promotion last year and we met up at the LMA (League Managers’ Association). He’s a big bloke and he gave me a hug. He’s a big bloke, isn’t he?
He gave me a squeeze – and I wasn’t sure if it was a nice one. But it was.I haven’t got a problem with a bit of passion, it doesn’t do any harm really. That’s why I’m in the game and he wants to win things.
Both clubs went on to secure promotion, with Wolves faring considerably better in the top-flight to date.
Wolves currently sit 11th after 13 matches, although they have failed to pick up a victory in their last five outings.
Cardiff sit 19th and will be keen to capitalise on their opponents’ lack of form to climb out of the relegation zone tomorrow night.