The Bluebirds have spent a few years now trying to get out of the division and Dave Jones has made them into a very formidable Championship side. They have very good players in the team, a top-class stadium and a big fanbase but it wasn’t enough to lift them out of the division. Cardiff probably won’t get a better opportunity then Saturday to get promoted and with long-serving players who have been attracting interest and money problems it looks like the club could be in the Championship for the long haul now.
Cardiff have had a great season and have shown real quality at times and fully deserved to be in the play-off final. This makes it harder for defeat to swallow and out of all the teams that were in the play-offs, they probably deserved promotion the most based on the efforts that they have put in for the past few seasons. However it all comes down to a one-off game and unfortunately for them Blackpool were the better side on the day.
The Championship is getting harder every year and next season is going to be that little bit tougher for the South Wales side. Although they won’t have the likes of Newcastle and West Brom to contend with, there will still be a lot of good teams with their eyes on promotion. Although a new consortium will be fronting the club it remains to seen just how much money there will be and if the club need to sell. After being linked to moves to the Premiership, players like Jay Bothroyd, Michael Chopra, Joe Ledley and Ross McCormack may consider departing should any bids for their services come in. The club will be boosted by the news that Dave Jones has agreed to stay on as the manager but the question has to be asked, has he taken the club as far as he can?
Next season could see a lot of rebuilding at the club, from the boardroom right the way through to the playing staff, and it may be a while again until Cardiff get into the position that they were in this previous weekend..
It could be tough times ahead for Cardiff, however should the Malaysian consortium have good finances and if they can persuade at least some of their key players to stay then there is no reason that they couldn’t get promoted next year. However the club can’t rely on ‘ifs and buts’ and right now the future doesn’t look good for Cardiff.