How will Cardiff City get on in the Premier League?

After years of play-off heartbreak, Cardiff look set to go up to the Premier League automatically but expectations have to be realistic.

Malky Mackay has guided Cardiff City to the top of the Championship table and with a nine point gap from second place automatic promotion to the Premier League seems a certainty.

However, there is a strong case of him quickly becoming a victim of his own success at the club which is leading to pressure from all angles within supporters communities who seem to be demanding perfection.

The priority for Cardiff next season is to stay in the Premier League and it doesn’t matter whether that happens by ten points or by a single point. The future of the club is based entirely around the side’s Premier League status.

It can be very easy to get carried away with the benefits of being in the Premier League for a side which has been planning for that eventuality over the last few years, but the expectations must stay realistic at all times.

They have to stay realistic because there are going to be plenty of setbacks for the club next season, as they will not enjoy anything like the dominance they have so far experienced in the Championship.

If the fans get on the manager’s case every single time a bad result or bad performance comes along, it’s just going to increase the pressure, make it less enjoyable for Mackay and increase the chances of him walking away.

The manager will give his team the best possible chance of going into each game and picking up a result but the fans must stay realistic, because he’s going to face challenges which he has not had in Championship football.

Some Premier League sides will try three or four different sets of tactics during a game in order to break through, give themselves an advantage and steal that crucial goal which leads to the points.

That’s not something Cardiff will be able to do straight away, it’s just important for the team that they get results when they play well and that the manager is backed when things don’t go his way.

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