Vincent Tan: 'Cardiff City to follow Burnley formula'

Lynn Cook
May 8, 2018

Cardiff headed into their clash with Reading knowing they would be playing in the top flight next season if they could match Fulham's result against Birmingham.

The Cottagers are favourites to win promotion back to the Premier League, trading at [2.82] ahead of [3.8] Aston Villa and [3.9] Middlesbrough who play each other, and the [5.2] outsiders Derby County.

Fulham, who were also in contention for promotion, slumped to a 3-1 defeat at Birmingham City to finish third. With AP Photos.Cardiff sealed its return to the Premier League after a four-year absence by claiming the final automatic promotion spot in the second-tier League Championship at the expense of Fulham on Sunday. "Qualifying to the Asian Cup, and obviously getting promoted to the Premier League, it's been fantastic".

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"It's the biggest achievement in my 38-year career by an absolute mile", Warnock said.

The 69-year-old Warnock, who has been a manager nearly continuously for 38 years, took over at Cardiff in October, 2016 with the team nearly bottom of the Championship (second tier) and led them to a 12th-place finish.

"I've never known a week longer than this", Warnock said.

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Neil Etheridge and Cardiff City are going to the English Premier League! "I got offered a short-term contract at Oldham, to sit on the bench", says Etheridge, whose only game for the club was in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy against Preston North End.

After steering them to safety last season, the 69-year-old former Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers manager masterminded an improbable promotion.

"Vincent and the owners know I don't spend silly money, they are aware of that, but at the same time we do need five or six players to add to the squad to give us a chance really".

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