Neil Warnock thinks Chris Sutton thrives off the “reaction” he gets from his comments on Cardiff City and other issues.
BBC 606 pundits Robbie Savage and Jason Mohammad labelled Sutton “lazy” at the beginning of the season when he predicted that Cardiff would be relegated on the lowest points tally of all time.
While he also made “tongue in cheek” remarks questioning why Welsh clubs played in the English leagues.
And Sutton’s latest comments came after Cardiff’s unfortunate 2-1 loss against Chelsea, in which Cesar Azpilicueta’s offside equalising goal wrongly stood.
“I thought it was classic Cardiff deflection tactics,” Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live. “They have been poor. They deserve to be in the bottom three and they could have dealt with the first ball better anyway.
“It probably shouldn’t have got there. I can understand they feel hard done by. Warnock would’ve known that the gap has opened up and it’s looking pretty difficult for them now. But they deserve to be where they are.”
Warnock responded to Sutton on Tuesday, he said: “He probably needs a few more hits on his social thing does he?
“When you’ve not been a manager or anything like that I think it’s easy – especially when you’ve got a big mouth – to say things like that and try to get a reaction.
“But I think the best thing from our point of view – and for Welsh people – is not to actually give him any ammunition.
“The more ammunition you give them the more they seem to thrive on that. I’m just glad we got 11 points quickly.”