After keeping the Bluebirds in the Championship in his first season he lead them to promotion in his first full campaign at the helm.

“There’s not a lot of difference apart from Cardiff had more players,” he said. 

“We’re also playing more at lot more games back-to-back now as well because we started later, and that’s not ideal when you’ve got such a small squad. 

“Both squads are good, but I think we can get better. We got better and better at Cardiff over the course of time and pipped teams with bigger wage bills and bigger squads, and that’s what we’re looking to do here.”

The boss guided Cardiff to the Premier League and talks with fondness of his time managing the club, and going out to visit Bluebirds fans in the Valleys.

“It was a great job for me and I really enjoyed it,” he said. 

“The crowd are like a Yorkshire crowd down there. I used to love going out into the Valleys to supporters meetings to chat with them.

“Getting promotion with that group was a great achievement.”

While he says he will miss the chance not be able to thank the Cardiff fans on Saturday, his focus is firmly on maintaining Boro’s good start against a team who are fancied to do well.

“Most of the lads who played for them the other night against Bournemouth  I signed,” he said.

“I thought they should have won in midweek, but that’s like every game we’ve played. It’s getting the rub of the green and a result takes you up the league. They are a strong.

“They battered us up here at the end of last season and I hope we can give them a better game on Saturday.”