Cork and Hibbit on City's position

Last updated : 24 April 2003 By Michael Morris

Cork: Lennie is the right man for City
LENNIE LAWRENCE'S predecessor as Bluebirds manager, Alan Cork, admits, "I've been there, had the boos, worn the T-shirt."

But the man who has just helped guide Leicester into the Premiership as Micky Adams' No2 stressed, "Make no mis-take, Lennie is the right man to be Cardiff City manager.

"He's had more than 1,000 games as a manager. You don't have that sort of record if you're a mug.

"I can't say I'm over-surprised to hear the fans have turned on him. You've only got to look at recent results.

"Hey, I won promotion with Cardiff, but when things didn't go quite right the following year, the `Cork out' chants started for me. You could say I've worn the T-shirt!
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Hibbitt: Stability needed at Ninian
KENNY HIBBITT believes Cardiff City's proud history - including an FA Cup win and a European triumph over Real Madrid - hinders modern day managers of the Bluebirds.

Hibbitt was with Cardiff between 1995-99, including two spells as manager, and admitted, "In the many years I've been in football, I have never quite known a club like it.

"The pressure from the fans to succeed is immense."

Hibbitt said he felt for Lawrence after Bluebirds fans turned on the current manager last weekend.

"I know exactly what Lennie is going through because I've had the `We want Hibbitt out' chants directed my way," said Kenny.

"But that's the problem managers have with Cardiff City. The fans look to the fact that the club won the FA Cup, even though it was back in 1927. They look at the Real Madrid win.
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