After ten long years playing in the Championship, Cardiff have finally made that extra step to the promised land – completing one of the greatest achievements in the clubs History.
8 of those seasons being managed under Dave Jones. In this time Cardiff have faced various play-off and cup final disappointments.
Malky Mackay signed a 3 year contract with Cardiff on the 17th June 2011. In his first season, he saw his Cardiff side lose on penalties to Liverpool in the Capital One cup final and finished a respectable 6th place in the Championship. Cardiff lost to West Ham over two legs in the Play-off semi finals.
In Mackay’s second season in charge, Vincent Tan (Cardiff’s City billionaire owner) changed the traditional home kit colour from blue to red which caused uproar among the club’s supporters. During this campaign Cardiff signed a number of players, costing a total of £10 million.
These players included:
- Craig Noone (1 million)
- Heidar Helguson (Free)
- Matthew Connolly (400k)
- Tommy Smith (Free)
- Jordan Mutch (2 million)
- Kim Bo Kyung (2.5 million)
- Etien Velikonja (950K)
- Nicky Maynard (2 million)
- Joe Lewis (Free)
In January they signed Frazier Campbell from Sunderland for a fee of 650k .
After being Crowned Champions of the Npower Championship on the 20th April 2013, Cardiff are looking ahead to next seasons’ campaign in terms of possible summer transfers.
There is great news for the fans as Tan has pledged his long term future to the club. Meanwhile a number of well-known names have been linked with moves to the Welsh capital.
Read our transfer targets article to see more: https://tbrfootball.com/cardiff-city-summer-transfer-targets/
Now, Cardiff need to rest up after a long hard season. The players are clearly tired and this showed during the 1-1 all draw against Bolton Wanderers.
The Bluebirds can now travel to Hull for the final game of the season and prove why they deserve to be champions.
Next season I think Cardiff should sign 5 or 6 quality players if they are to survive in the greatest league in the world.