Neil Warnock has praised “under-rated” Chris Hughton – and jokingly accused him of giving fellow managers a bad name.

Warnock takes charge of Cardiff City for the 100th time when the Albion visit South Wales on Saturday.

The Bluebirds boss turns 70 early next month, making him Hughton’s senior by ten years.

He said of the Seagulls boss: “He’s underrated, Chris. His achievements speak to themselves and sometimes you’ve got to be careful what you wish for.

“Newcastle were in a super position when they got rid of him.

“He’s bad for us as managers, he’s so nice! He gives us a bad reputation!”

Warnock played down suggestions Albion’s visit is a must-win game for Cardiff but admits he sees it as a change for three points.

He added: “No I don’t think you’d say that. But every game is winnable for us until Christmas if we have a good day.

"If we didn’t win it wouldn’t be the end of the world, but it’s one we want to win.

"Certain papers will put different slants on it but that’s how it is.”