SEAN SCANNELL is perhaps better placed than most to talk about the merits of rival chiefs David Wagner and Neil Warnock.
German Wagner’s Huddersfield Town lock horns with former manager Warnock in the Principality this afternoon, with the visitors seeking their first victory in Cardiff in six attempts.
Alongside that reunion, the game also sees Scannell renew acquaintances with the man who gave him his debut at first club Crystal Palace in Warnock on an occasion when Mark Hudson also faces his ex-Palace manager and former club in Cardiff.
Despite Wagner and Warnock, who was in charge at Town from 1993-95 with a win rate of almost 41 per cent, speaking different mother tongues and being at opposite ends of the managerial spectrum, Scannell does see similarities between the pair.
While their styles and persona are undoubtedly different, Scannell, who signed a two-year contract extension in March, believes that they do share some common ground in their adherence to team organisation, togetherness and intensity.
The fit-again winger, aiming to make his 100th start in Town colours this afternoon, said: “Neil brought me through and gave me my debut for Palace at QPR and he was a good character and good for the youngsters as he brought a lot of us through.
“He is different than our manager and has his own ways, but not too different.
“Both are definitely well organised. Neil likes a physical battle and his teams to be 100 per cent as well.
“As he is quite new there, he will want Cardiff to go for it and he is a good man-manager.”
Third-placed Town, endeavouring to get back on track on their travels after comprehensive away defeats in their last two outings at Fulham and Preston North End, have yet to beat the Bluebirds since returning to the second tier,
Scannell is under no illusions that Warnock’s side will represent another tough battle, more especially on their home patch.
Warnock’s record since taking charge at Cardiff is played five, won two, drawn one and lost two.
Scannell added: “With the way we played before, Neil always had a big striker and just wanted the ball to get in to him and he is the type of manager who gives the team a lot of confidence.
“You know that Cardiff will definitely be up for it so when the one-on-one battles come in, you want to be able to win them.”