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'Harry is a gem of a lad'

Warnock backs Arter in Keane row


Cardiff boss Neil Warnock and Harry Arter

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock and Harry Arter

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock and Harry Arter

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock has spoken to Harry Arter about his fall-out with Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane and described the midfielder as "a gem of a lad".

Arter declined a call-up to the Rep of Ireland squad for the games against Wales and Poland this month after coming under fire from Keane for not training when he had been advised to sit out a session by the FAI's medical staff.

Now Warnock has hailed the player he signed on loan from Bournemouth last month, as he offered up words of support for a player who will start for Cardiff against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

"He's a gem of a lad for a manager to have," Warnock said.

"He's just so enthusiastic. Every day in training I have to calm him down. In fairness his biggest problem is getting booked … and he's had three bookings in three games!

"That's because that is how he plays, and he trains the same. I have no problem with him at all.

"We had a chat about this situation, but no more than what a manager and a player would do in the same circumstances."

Keane's fall-out with Arter made headlines around the football world after a WhatsApp audio message from Ireland full-back Stephen Ward, earlier this week, revealed details of the abuse directed at the Cardiff midfielder.

While O'Neill has suggested the version of events offered up by Ward does not reflect the details of the exchange between coach and player, Keane has yet to contact Arter in a bid to find a reconciliation.

The Herald revealed on Wednesday that Ireland captain Seamus Coleman has been in touch with Arter as the midfielder looks to find a solution to his stand-off with Keane, but the Ireland assistant manager now needs to make the next move in this unseemly story.