Malky Mackay proud of Cardiff City team after Premier League promotion
Cardiff have been perennial bridesmaids when it has come to the play-offs over the past three seasons, although City were automatically promoted to the Premier League on Tuesday night.
April 17th, 2013
A goalless draw with Charlton means that the Welsh club join Swansea City in the top flight next term, with Malky Mackay having steered the Welsh club to top spot of the Championship near the beginning of the campaign.
The Scot was overwhelmed at the final whistle on Tuesday as the realisation sunk in that his team would be playing top flight football next season, ending a long wait for the supporters.
“I am very proud of the football club,” he said.
“It is an occasion the people of this football club have waited an awful long time for.
“There has been a lot of disappoint in that time and the backroom staff and directors here have been through some tough times.
“Obviously the players and especially the people of Cardiff have been waiting a long time to be back in the top division and we’ve never been in the Premier League.
“They have backed me and the team in the last 18 months and for that I’ll be forever grateful. I hope this goes a little way to repaying the backing they have given me since I came in.”
Mackay saw his Cardiff team start to falter a few weeks ago although Saturday’s 3-0 win against Nottingham Forest steadied the ship and Watford’s poor recent results means they now face the cream of the Premier League next term.
“It’s a huge challenge,” he said.
“We are going into the one of the best leagues in the world. We are going to plan properly, that has started already and we will now put that in action. We will make sure the structure we have put in place keeps striding forward and keeps adding because change is constant.
“We have been doing that for two years, changing and adapting and pushing at the envelope and we will continue doing that to make sure we give ourselves the best chance in the Premier League.
“We have been competitive in this league, every team we have played in the last 20 months we have been competitive against. That will not change in the Premier League.”