Neil Warnock has left his role as Cardiff City manager and I would like to thank him for what a great job he did for my football club.

There is no doubt he had a fantastic stint at the club and answered the SOS call at the time it was needed most.

The one thing I would say is that he could only ever take the praise. I never had a problem with Warnock, whenever I said anything it was never personal, it was always constructive and for the betterment of Cardiff City.

He always seemed to take it as a personal attack and that disappointed me a little bit.

It appears it was the right time for all parties for him to step down and it looks as though the club are really stepping up their pursuit for a new manager.

One thing that has been suggested is implementing a sporting director at the club and I think it is something that could work at Cardiff City. Someone with a little more footballing nous at board level can only be a good thing in my opinion.

 

I've always said a director of football role is the only one I would consider in football. I don't want to coach or manage.

I chaired the board at Cardiff City in the Community with the club and we started with just a bag of balls, cones and bibs. Four or five years later we were out there in the community doing so many different things.

So, financially, I know how things roll at the football club, I know the fans and I know football – I can spot a good player.

I'm reluctant to throw my hat in the ring because I think there is a feeling at the club that I have something against them, whereas that is certainly not the case.

Personally, I see this column and my Blakey's Bootroom podcast as a means to work with them rather than against them. I know that people at the club read my columns and listen to the podcast and they take notice of what is said.

I'm certainly not a hindrance but I get the feeling that is how they view me.

They might not like that fact that I speak my mind but I do so in a constructive manner because I love the club. It's something that is needed at the club.

If they came to me, I certainly wouldn't turn it down. I wouldn't be that stupid.

I look at the Cardiff City Supporters Trust now and they rightly say that on the pitch, they have done a fantastic job in recent years.

But off the pitch, in the four years I was in my community role, we had something like seven CEOs come through the club, six directors of the academy, five secretaries. It's just not conducive to long-term success.

When I was at Bolton Wanderers with Colin Todd, it was just such a great place to be. You'd go to the training ground, the club was happy from top to bottom and you would actually look forward to driving up the M6.

 

It becomes a community within a community.

You have to do things for the fans, too. At Christmas time you would pay for coaches and you would get the players to engage more with fans.

There is so much more that could be done.

Vincent Tan, Ken Choo and Mehmet Dalman, they should genuinely be on the fans' shoulders celebrating promotions and the successes like one big happy family.

That's exactly what I want to see, because they are the ones who have been there.

Tan has put his money in and built the club up to be what it is.

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan, left, Chairman Mehmet Dalman, centre, and CEO Ken Choo are looking for a new manager
Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan, left, Chairman Mehmet Dalman, centre, and CEO Ken Choo are looking for a new manager

There are a lot of good things going on, although I still maintain that they need their own training ground.

There has been nothing from the club, however, that indicates to me that they would want me to do it.

In fact, I would go as far as to say there is a disliking towards me rather than a respect. Where that comes from I have no idea.

So being asked to become director of football at Cardiff doesn't look the likeliest of scenarios, but you never know in football, stranger things have happened.