Warnock takes stock over Clyne comments
Neil Warnock's ire over Nathaniel Clyne's decision to join Bournemouth and not Cardiff has eased but "all he needed was a phone call".
Warnock thought he was going to sign the full-back on loan this month but was beaten to the deal by the Cherries, who landed the former Southampton man last week.
The Bluebirds boss branded Liverpool a "disgrace" and accused them of lacking class after missing out on the signing of Clyne, but he appears to have since softened his stance.
"I know I got criticised for saying that about Liverpool and Clyne, but all I needed was a phone call to say he is going to Bournemouth," Warnock said.
"If I had a choice of going to Bournemouth and Cardiff, I'd snap their hand off to work for the manager (Eddie Howe) there.
"I don't blame Nathaniel for going there at all, they are a great club and they are established."
The Cardiff boss is working hard trying to sign players to help with an expected relegation battle in the second half of the season but he admits it's difficult bringing in new players in the winter window.
He added: "It's like climbing a mountain with butter on your hands. One day you think you are almost there and then you slide back down.
"You get your hopes built up. People say 'yes, that's a done deal' and all of a sudden the next day it's not a done deal.
"You have to learn to live with that really."
"You can't blame the fans (for wanting signings), but all of us have to be patient. If nothing happens, so what? I won't be losing any sleep with the squad I've got.
"We've done it before and we've had a great time.
"I've got to give them a team that's got to scrap and get enough points to stay up. They can help me with that."
Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.