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THE INSIDE TRACK: CARDIFF CITY

8 September 2016

Our guide to the Bluebirds

NORWICH City welcome Cardiff City on Saturday, September 10 (3pm) in the Sky Bet Championship. 

Here, we take a look at what the Canaries will come up against at Carrow Road.

IN THE DUGOUT
Paul Trollope stepped up from a coaching role with Cardiff City to take full control this summer, replacing Russell Slade.

His appointment marked a return to senior management after six years, having last been in charge of Bristol Rovers from 2005 and 2010.

Among the coaching positions Trollope held in the interim was one at Carrow Road between 2012 and 2014, where he formed part of Chris Hughton's backroom staff.


He first joined Cardiff as head coach in February 2015 and five months later took on a prominent role with the Welsh national team alongside his domestic duties.

After playing his part in Wales' qualification for Euro 2016 and subsequent success at the tournament, Trollope was awarded the main job at the Bluebirds at the end of last season.

IN THE PRESS
Cardiff City head coach Paul Trollope is looking forward to returning to the Carrow Road dugout this week, having previously spent two years on the Canaries' coaching staff.

"It's a good club and they've got a good side there so we know it's going to be a challenge," he told cardiffcityfc.co.uk earlier this week.


"We've shown a lot of good things in our game. We're disappointed not to have capitalised on some of the good play we've produced and chances we've created.

"With three games in a week, we're going into a busy period. As we come back into it we'll be hitting the ground running ready for the next set of games."

ONE TO WATCH
Rickie Lambert could be in line to make his Cardiff City debut when his new side make the trip to Carrow Road on Saturday.

The former England international striker completed a switch to Wales from West Bromwich Albion on the last day of August, penning a two-year deal.

"I'm very excited to be here," said the 34-year-old when speaking to cardiffcityfc.co.uk.


"The sooner I can get on the scoresheet the better. I'm used to being relied on to score goals."

Lambert has notable pedigree at Championship level, netting 27 times for Southampton during the 2011-12 campaign.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Ben Amos, Brian Murphy, Ben Wilson.

Defenders: Lee Peltier, Joe Bennett, Sean Morrison, Bruno Ecuele Manga, Jazz Ricards, Declan John, Matthew Connolly, Semi Ajayi, Tom James, David Tutonda.

Midfielders: Peter Whittingham, Joe Ralls, Lex Immers, Craig Noone, Anthony Pilkington, Aron Gunnarsson, Stuart O'Keefe, Matthew Kennedy, Kadeem Harris, Emyr Huws, Tommy O'Sullivan, Theo Warton.

Forwards: Frederic Gounongbe, Rickie Lambert, Kenneth Zohore.



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