Ex-Bristol City winger ‘disappointed’ after sacking of Cardiff City manager

Callum O’Dowda served Bristol City from 2016 to 2022 but has already seen the manager who signed him for Cardiff, depart.

Callum O’Dowda has expressed his disappointment after Steve Morison was relieved of his duties as Cardiff City manager.

The 27-year-old joined the Bluebirds earlier this summer after his contract at Bristol City wasn’t renewed, following six years of service.

O’Dowda has quickly become a hit in South Wales with two goals and two assists for the Welsh club, registering more goal contributions for them, then he had done for City over his last few seasons in the West Country.

Morison, the man who brought him across the Severn Bridge, however, has been sacked, just ten games into the Championship season.

Cardiff signed a total of 17 players, including O’Dowda, as well as the deadline-day addition of Callum Robinson, who had a short spell at City and was linked with a return.

“I felt we as players owed a lot to Steve Morison,” O’Dowda said to The 42 whilst on international duty with Ireland, along with Robins goalkeeper Max O’Leary.

“He was the one that did it for me, he was the one that got it over the line. I need to be careful what I say, but I’m quite disappointed with it all but I guess that is football.”

Cardiff are 18th in the Championship, having suffered five defeats, with one being a 2-0 defeat to City at Ashton Gate in mid-August.

Sol Bamba, currently training at the High Performance Centre, as he looks for his next club after leaving Middlesbrough, was linked as a surprise candidate on Sunday.

The 37-year-old rejected a player-coach role at League Two outfit Swindon Town and has since turned out once for City’s Under-21 team, but a deal seems unlikely.

Mark Hudson has been placed in interim charge, a role he has held previously at his other former club Huddersfield Town in both the Premier League and the Championship before.