Warnock said: "We are not going to change things drastically". "I got offered a short-term contract at Oldham, to sit on the bench", says Etheridge, whose only game for the club was in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy against Preston North End.
"I know we're not easy on the eye".
Etheridge represented England at under-16 level but six seasons at Fulham brought only one Europa League appearance and loan spells at Leatherhead, Bristol Rovers and Crewe. I was close to the goalkeeping coach there, so I just trained as hard as I could and waited.
Etheridge never cracked the lineup when he was signed by then Premier League team Fulham in 2008. You knew you'd get criticised at times in certain games, but you can only work with what you've got.
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For Warnock, who was appointed Cardiff manager in October 2016 with the club in the relegation zone, promotion this season represents the eighth time he has led a club to a higher division.
"It's been an emotional roller-coaster for me", Etheridge said.
"Why not? I have nothing to be afraid of", Warnock added.
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"The players looked nervous and didn't look like they were giving the required amount of effort and spirit although I don't think that was the case". He guided the team to a midtable finish at the end of his first season and has been the driving force behind an improbable promotion campaign this season despite spending a fraction of the outlay of rival clubs like Villa, Derby and Middlesbrough.