Warnock and McCarthy both spark outrage among fans with controversial selections

Fans of Middlesbrough and Cardiff are not happy with the veteran pair’s selections ahead of crucial Championship games tonight

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Cardiff City’s recent run of form has been a major cause of concern for their fans.

The Bluebirds have lost four of the last five league games. It is a poor run that has left them mid-table in the second tier.

Fellow Championship side Middlesbrough are also in a rut, having won just once in their last seven outings.

Both sides are, of course, managed by hugely experienced men.

Bluebirds’ chief Mick McCarthy, 62, and Boro boss Neil Warnock, 72, have both been around the block numerous times in their managerial careers.

But the veteran duo have come in for criticism ahead of crucial games this evening.

Mick McCarthy’s selection has puzzled many Cardiff fans

Cardiff are at home to high-flying West Brom and fans aren’t happy that McCarthy has seemingly chosen a team containing FIVE centre-halves.

Curtis Nelson, Mark McGuinness, Sean Morrison, Aden Flint and Ciaron Brown all start tonight which will make interesting viewing when the action gets underway.

One unhappy City fan wrote on Twitter : “Five centre-backs WTF – two in full-back positions (and) persisting with Vaulks and Bacuna – you couldn’t make it up. I’m out. season ticket or not.”

Another sarcastically wrote: “Not enough centre backs for me.”

Another put: “Calls were for a 4-4-2, what does Mick do?? – picks 5 centre backs. We could put 8 Centre backs on the field and we’ll still concede a goal straight through the middle of them.”

As for Boro, they host Warnock’s old club Sheffield United at the Riverside. But his choice of team hasn’t gone down well with the natives.

Neil Warnock’s Boro have won just once in their last seven

One fan wrote: “Watmore up front with a striker benched, I really don’t understand how Warnock cam pick a team like this when we do have the players. Warnock needs to be gone wether we win loose or draw. Feel for watmore.”

Another put: “Bamba and Peltier in the same defence, if they have any pace up top whatsoever we’ve lost.”

Speaking to Sky Sports pre-match tonight, Warnock said of the clash with his old team: “We know how difficult it’s going to be, because they’re a top side.

“The pitch is good, it’s typical weather for up here – I just hope we can perform.”

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