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Cardiff City's Gyepes: Misfiring or Mis-Managed?

Cardiff City's Gyepes: Misfiring or Mis-Managed?

Cardiff City manager Dave Jones must decide this week whom will be called upon to replace influential defender Mark Hudson after the club captain was ruled out for a minimum of a month.

With the arrival of left-back Jlloyd Samuel, Jones now has the option of switching Kevin McNaughton to centre-half - a position he is not a natural candidate for (but has impressed there previously) or opt for either youngster Darcy Blake, or the more experienced Gabor Gyepes.

Gyepes would appear the natural choice. He, of all our options (Keinan included) has the most experience at Championship level and was indeed called upon during the Millwall game.

However, it seems likely that he and Jones are not on good terms. Prior to the season, Gyepes was available for transfer but remained at the club. He has been in and out of the team all season, but failed to make the starting spot his own and has received very little backing from his boss, who previously managed him at Wolves too.

Against Swansea City, Dave Jones publically criticised Gyepes for a mistimed lunge on Mrvin Emnes, allowing the Swans loanee the space to turn and fire a low effort into the corner - a massive victory for Swansea City but unusual to hear a manager slam his own player in public, especially as Gyepes has not enjoyed a prolonged run in the side.

Again on Saturday, Gyepes was again slammed by his manager after handeing Millwall an un-necessary penalty moments after we had taken the lead:

"It was a penalty. he leant on him and he shouldn`t have leant on him. It`s 30 seconds or less than that after we scored and it`s a bad decision by him because the ball has gone through to the goalkeeper."

Whether it`s because he`s just come on, but he should have done better than that."

don`t dispute the fact that Gyepes was at fault, and gave away a needless and frustrating penalty, but that was his first appearance for 8 weeks and he has featured in only 120 minutes throughout 2011.

Whereas Paul Quinn appears to have been granted a second chance, and is currently enjoying a lengthy run as first choice right-back, Gyepes has not been afforded that chance by Jones and is visibly lacking in confidence. He appears hesitant and lumbering, a far cry from previous seasons performances where he was strong and dominant.

In fairness, Gyepes has not shown the form needed for a team pressing for automatic promotion. However, as an experienced member of the squad, a little confidence and protection from his manager would surely have been appreciated and seen him ready to step-in in Hudson`s absence. As it happens, an in-form Gyepes would have been a real boost right now, with a crucial period upcoming and a key player injured. Instead Cardiff City look set to turn to a Premiership loanee with no gametime this year, and switch the diminutive Kevin McNaughton to centre-half. This year, for the first time, we have the luxury of a bigger squad, supposedly able to adjust to injuries etc - in truth, that does not appear the case and you have to wonder whether it has been properly managed…..

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Date:Friday March 25 2011
Time: 10:08AM

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