New manager – destined for the drop?
It is no secret how the Cardiff players were fully behind former manager Malky Mackay, and the bond that the Scot had with his team could’ve helped them beat the drop this season. However, owner Vincent Tan decided to part company with the man that got the Bluebirds promoted in the first place, and I fear for their Premiership safety.
January 24th, 2014
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was named as Mackay’s successor on January 2nd and has since managed just three points from a possible nine, leaving the team lying at the foot of the table.
The former Manchester United striker has brought in two new players so far – winger Mats Daehli from Molde and central midfielder Magnus Eikrem – but as I have been saying on this blog all season, they lack a real goalscorer to help keep them in the division. These two signings are a massive gamble, with neither having Premiership experience.
Frazier Campbell has managed to score five of City’s seventeen league goals this season but as a team a return of just seventeen goals in twenty-two games is simply not good enough, with only Fulham having a worse goal difference.
No doubt the new manager would’ve looked at set games and pinpointed where the points need to come from, so the defeat to West Ham would have been a major blow. February will prove a vital month and I believe it could really shape the future of this club.
There are three home fixtures against Norwich, Aston Villa and Hull, with an away Welsh derby against Swansea – and I firmly believe that Cardiff need to come out of these fixtures with a minimum of nine points to have any chance of staying in the league.
Every one of the four fixtures are massive six-pointers so we must look to do everything we possibly can to get maximum points.
Talksport’s Michael Gray believes they are already doomed for the drop. The former Premier League star stated: “He has taken a tough job on there. It is going to be hard for them to get out of that bottom three. When you are a newly-promoted side and you do get dragged into it, the players start worrying about it. To be honest, I think they may stay there for the rest of the season.”
Gray makes a valid point, but don’t give in just yet as I am sure both Ole and the players will do everything in their power to keep the Premier League dream alive. There are just six points that separate the bottom 11 teams, so a couple of wins could really change the outlook.