As the EPL Welsh Swansea City is on the verge of relegation, the English top flight football league is not yet to run dry of clubs from Wales. Cardiff City from the same side as Swansea FC has already secured a second position in the Championship League to book a place in the Premier league next season.
It was carnival time in the Welsh capital as Cardiff City celebrated their return to the Premier League on a day that felt like a triumph for Neil Warnock as much as for the club he has revived.
This is Warnock’s eighth promotion record to complete an astonishing turnaround since he took over as manager only 19 months ago, when Cardiff were second from bottom.
The goal the home supporters craved failed to materialize but in the end it did not matter, courtesy of Fulham’s defeat at Birmingham, which meant Cardiff were promoted irrespective of the scoreline here. Those goals at St Andrew’s were greeted with huge cheers, no more so than when Birmingham scored a third in the 89th minute to put to bed any lingering fears
Fulham could somehow spoil the Cardiff party.
This is Warnock’s fourth occasion to win promotion to the top flight, following the success he enjoyed as a manager with Notts County, Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers across three decades.
Warnock who is turning 70 in December said that he looks at finishing in the top 6 next season to at least earn a Europa qualification and doesn’t believe his side would get relegated.
“That’s all we can do. It’s not rocket science when you take the top six out of it in the Premier League. We’ll be odds-on favorites to get relegated. But we were 33-1 this year to get in the play-offs, let alone win promotion. So we’re going to enjoy it. At my age you can’t help but do that.”
However, the Premier League has not been particularly kind to Warnock since he was relegated with Sheffield United on the final day in 2007 and sacked midway through the season with Crystal Palace and QPR.