How do you rate Cardiff’s season thus far?
It’s a bit of slog so far but I think we’re getting there. We’ve drawn a lot matches and not scored enough but that’s probably the same for most clubs in the bottom half of the table. Hopefully come the end of the season we’ll be around the middle of the table.
Following on from last season in the Championship, what were your expectations coming into the season?
This is our first season in the Premier League and I think our first in the top flight for over 50 years. It’s huge step up from the Championship but I think it was the right time for us. We were under achievers in that league for a long time and always fell at the final hurdle. We knew coming into the season that is was going to be tough but I think the right decisions were made in the summer in terms of recruitment and that’s really helped us.
The club changed dramatically last summer. How have fans adjusted to it?
I’m not going to lie but it’s been a big change for the fans. The change angered a lot of fans and I know plenty of people that either don’t go anymore or gave up supporting the club. Fans have got used to it I suppose but I think as soon as there are changes at an executive level the colour will revert back to blue. I still refer to us as the Bluebirds though!
Do you think Cardiff will be busy in the January transfer window?
I think they are areas that we will have to improve, we’ve got a lot of strikers and attackers on the books but we really need one that can score goals. That’s sounds stupid but we really do! Another winger with pace would be good as well.
How have your summer signings performed thus far?
Steven Caulker has been immense for us. I think we spent about £8m on him and I wasn’t sure at the time but he’s shown how good a defender and captain he is. Again we spent a lot on Medel but he’s been great so far. We spent a lot on Cornelius but he is young so hopefully time will tell with that signing. I must say I like Peter Odemwingie as well – a good footballer on his day and for what we paid a bargain.
Ex-Hammers Craig Bellamy and Nicky Maynard are now plying their trade for you. How are they getting on?
Nicky’s only just come back after a season out so he’s only been coming on from the sub’s bench. I still think the Premier League might be a step too far for him but we’ll see. Craig was great last season but he’s having to be managed a bit more this year but has recently retired from international football which may help. He’s still a great leader on and off the pitch.
Has the derby match against Swansea intensified now you’re both in the Premier League?
I don’t think the derby has intensified it gets more national press that before but that’s it. Although as I said winning the derby is still a great feeling. I think we’re more competitive than previously and nothing would make me happier than either doing the double over them or finishing above them.
Who should West Ham fans be wary of in the Cardiff team when the club’s meet?
I’ve talked about Medel but I think he’s a good player for us. Fraizer Campbell has also been in decent form recently as well which has surprised me. Kim Bo-Kyung has a lot of attacking flair as well.
What’s been your opinion of West Ham this season?
I think Allardyce’s one dimensional football may have been found out this season. His bully boy tactics couldn’t work forever especially now Carroll’s out injured.
Which West Ham players would you have in your squad?
Matt Jarvis is the kind of player we need at the club either him or Downing.
What’s your prediction for the match and for both clubs this season?
2-1 to Cardiff and us to finish 14th with West Ham finishing in 17th.