Cardiff City fan Callum Farrell talks up his team's chances next season after seeing them finally achieve promotion.
After enduring three consecutive failures in the Championship playoffs, a controversial kit colour change and losses in the final of the FA Cup and League Cup in recent years, Cardiff City fans can finally celebrate joyously at gaining automatic promotion into the Premier League.
A 0-0 draw with Charlton on Tuesday evening meant that the Welsh capital’s club secured automatic promotion from the Championship, a league they have been trying to escape since 2003.
Bluebird supporters swarmed the Cardiff City Stadium pitch and poured praise and adulation on the likes of Peter Whittingham, David Marshall and the Welsh international Craig Bellamy.
Bellamy is the only Cardiff-born player in the squad and has used the club’s heart breaking history to motivate his team mates to take hold of the Championship, becoming a hero in the eyes of the Welsh club’s supporters. His experiences of playing for clubs such as Liverpool, Manchester City and Celtic have made him a creative and powerful force in South Wales and he will prove a valuable asset in the Premier League next season.
Malky Mackay will need to find reinforcements for Bellamy and the squad next season in order to produce a team able to stave off relegation. The example of QPR has shown that a scatter gun approach to player recruitment will leave a club weighed down with the egos of declining players who neither have the will or ability to keep a club up.
It should not be underestimated the skill and determination needed to succeed in the Championship and the current Cardiff City squad should be trusted enough to compete in the Premier League.
Many of the players who played on Tuesday night have had to suffer the ups and downs of the club’s recent past and so will want to enjoy their reward now that it has finally arrived.
The club have shown creativity when looking for new players with the signings of Bo-Kyung Kim from Japanese club Cerezo Osaka and Rudy Gestede from FC Metz, both of whom are developing into important first team members.
Rather than being drawn into the expensive and frequently disappointing market of free transfers and reserve team players from Premier League squads (spare them from the likes of David Bentley) Cardiff City should continue their success of discovering newly emerging talent with the money Vincent Tan has put aside.
The Bluebirds have had much press for their deteriorating financial situation and were in the High Court as recently as 2008 when a winding up order was thankfully averted. Their current debt stands at £83 million and now that the club are entering the Premier League at its most lucrative moment it will hopefully give Cardiff City a solid foundation on which to expand and develop.
Now is a time for Cardiff City fans to finally enjoy the success they have worked hard for since being promoted into the Championship in the 2002/03 season. The club benefit from the fantastic passion of the capital city’s fans that have endured so much disappointment and yet are regularly filling out the Cardiff City Stadium to support the squad.
No matter what riches are bestowed upon the club during their stint in the Premier League or what stars are brought into the squad, it will become evident to the millions watching next season that Cardiff City’s biggest asset will be the Welsh fans and the enthralling enthusiasm they have for the game, especially when the likes of Swansea roll up in town.
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