Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has left his position by mutual consent, the club have announced.
Warnock, 70, was appointed in October 2016 with the club second from bottom in the Sky Bet Championship and guided them to promotion to the Premier League in 2018.
“Cardiff City Football Club can confirm that manager Neil Warnock has left his position by mutual agreement and with immediate effect,” read a statement on the club’s official website.
“Having joined the club in October 2016, Neil oversaw 144 matches and famously led us to promotion at the end of a fantastic 2017/18 season.
“The board will now begin the process of replacing Neil. An announcement to this effect will be made in due course.”
Cardiff were relegated after just one season back in the top flight and are currently 14th in the Championship after one win in their last six league matches.
Warnock said: “Today I am leaving my beloved Bluebirds after over three years of which have been some of the best days in my long football career.
“I would like to thank Vincent Tan and Ken Choo for their support; Victoria my secretary who has had to look after me over the years; Kevin Blackwell and Ronnie Jepson, my ever-faithful sidekicks and friends; and all the backroom staff on both the coaching and the medical sides who have worked tirelessly to help us achieve the success we have had.
Cardiff City Football Club can confirm that manager Neil Warnock has left his position by mutual agreement and with immediate effect.
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“A special mention also to all of my players, past and present, who have given me everything. Thank you, you’re a great bunch.”
Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman said Warnock had played a huge role in galvanising the club and their fans after his appointment in 2016.
Dalman said: “On behalf of Cardiff City Football Club, I thank Neil for his invaluable contribution to the future of this great club.
“He not only gained promotion in his first season but played a pivotal role in uniting the fans and the club. I am personally upset by his departure and wish him the very best for the future.”
Cardiff’s executive director and chief executive officer Ken Choo said it was “a shared belief that this is the right time for a new voice”, adding: “I’d like to thank Neil for his efforts over these past three years and indeed the immeasurable work he’s done to help us move forward.
“I’m sure Cardiff City fans will join me in sharing these sentiments, wishing him the very best for the future.”
Cardiff snapped a four-game winless run, which included a 1-0 home defeat to Swansea, by beating Birmingham 4-2 earlier this month, but lost 1-0 at home to Bristol City on Saturday.
The Bluebirds’ latest defeat was their fifth in the league this season and left them seven points adrift of the play-off places.