Thursday , July 7 2022

Cardiff vs Brighton, Premier League


NEil Varnock marked the 100th game as manager of Cardiff City who wanted to retire with two defeats against 12th place in Brighton early in the day.

Former Sheffield United and KPR manager will become 70 in the next month and the second is the oldest manager in the first four divisions of English football.

Varnock says Cardiff will be his "farewell club" and admits that preserving Velsh Premier League status this season will be his last challenge as a football manager.

"I'm looking at the club as a farewell club, I do not think I'm going to leave the club and go to another," said Varnock, whose contract expires in summer.

"When you reach my age, you can not really look over the next few months or weeks, regardless of the job you are in, and not just in football."

Varnock is currently in a strict fitness regime to ensure it can handle the burden of modern management and remains hoping to stay in Cardiff after this season – a health permit.

"Life is changing so quickly, you can not really plan ahead. You can hope to plan ahead," he added. "It is better that we are settled and that it is impossible that this season will be my mile for my greatest achievement."

Cardiff will be without suspended Harry Arter. Arter is banned from one match to collect five yellow cards, but the Joe Ralls player is available after the end of the suspension of three games and the recovery from sharp bone in the knee.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh, meanwhile, is the main suspicion for Brighton.

Iranian defender Jahanbakhsh picked up a smaller hamstring strike last weekend in Everton and probably will not be available.

Middle bonds Pascal Gross and Davi Propperr have stayed on the side and are expected to miss the spare goalkeeper David Button.

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