NEIL Warnock professed his admiration for Steve Morison when he signed him in 2013 – and according to the Lions captain the respect is mutual.
The pair will be in opposition this weekend when Millwall head to the Cardiff City Stadium to take on the second-placed Bluebirds.
Cardiff boss Warnock was in charge of Leeds when he brought Morison to the club. After signing him, Warnock said: "Steve meets all the requirements of the striker we've been looking to bring in. For me, he is a player who has everything. He can score goals from anywhere – whether it's 25 yards or a tap-in – he has pace, and he has all the attributes you want".
Warnock departed the role within three months, and Morison went on loan to Millwall the following season.
Warnock has achieved seven promotions during his career coaching first teams, and Morison explained what makes him such an effective manager.
"He gets people wanting to play for him," Morison said. "He puts an arm around your shoulder when it's needed but can give you a rocket as well.
"He gets a group to be together. As the gaffer finds here, trying to motivate you isn't difficult if you have a good group because you motivate each other.
"[Warnock] keeps a lid on everything, looks after everyone in the right way and it works out well.
"If he had stayed then you don't know what might have happened. The club was in a bit of a transitional period but maybe it would have been different because I had seven managers in the two years I was there, you're constantly trying to prove yourself to someone."
Morison recognises the difficulty of the challenge on Saturday.
He said: "They're doing very well, we're doing well but maybe haven't got the results we should have.
"It's going to be a massive test. They're a big strong team like Birmingham were, but Cardiff do it more consistently and have a manager that will have them right up for the game.
"It'll be one they'll be looking to win but certainly one we'll be looking to win."
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