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un­ac­cept­able to the Blues as it is to Le­in­ster, Glas­gow or any op­po­si­tion you care to men­tion.

So to the ele­phant in the room: who could be the Blues’ an­swer to Warnock and how could they af­ford him?

Look, as with all re­cruit­ment in the Welsh game there’s a need to be re­al­is­tic and it’s no se­cret the Blues are nei­ther will­ing nor able to of­fer a life-chang­ing salary.

What they should do, though, is ap­proach the fill­ing of this va­cancy with the at­ti­tude that it is one of the most im­por­tant in their his­tory, more im­por­tant than the sign­ing of any player.

The Blues have me­an­dered around in medi­ocrity for too many years. The time for win­dow-dress­ing and stop-gap so­lu­tions is over and what­ever they have in their cof­fers for this has to be squeezed out.

Po­ten­tial can­di­dates? Again, who knows a) who is avail­able b) who would fancy it and c) whether their wage de­mands would pre­clude se­ri­ously en­ter­tain­ing them as an op­tion.

But when kick­ing this Warnock con­cept around the of­fice ear­lier, Mike Rud­dock, John Mitchell, Ian McIn­tosh, John Plumtree, Ed­die O’Sul­li­van, Nick Mal­lett, John Kir­wan, Andy Robin­son and even Gra­ham Henry were the sort of names that came up. To re­it­er­ate, this should not be con­sid­ered ter­ri­tory for a rookie.

There was even a lament that Richard Cock­er­ill has al­ready been snapped by Ed­in­burgh. Think of the ef­fect a cus­tomer like the for­mer Eng­land hooker could have in the Welsh cap­i­tal.

Of course, of the above men­tioned none would come cheap, but do the Blues wants to do this prop­erly and truly start a new era? Or do they want to be back to square one in three years time?

You would hope that proven lead­ers such as th­ese are the type who would be­come masters of all they survey on the rugby front at the Arms Park. You would hope they would take own­er­ship of the project and drive it for­ward, com­mand­ing the re­spect of all in the process be­cause that’s what’s needed at the re­gion. End of.

It’s high time the big­gest per­son­al­ity at the Blues was once again the head coach. Just like Neil Warnock at Cardiff City.

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