Cardiff City End Of Season Review: Is This Some Kind Of Sick Joke?

A nightmare season, but we have the squad to bounce straight back up...
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A nightmare season, but we have the squad to bounce straight back up...

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Cardiff End Of Season Review: Is This Some Kind Of Sick Joke?

Bad manager, worse owner, and most of our best players are about the leave. However we should still have a better squad that the one that took us up. It’s Ole’s season to squander.

What’s going right?

Is that some kind of sick joke?

What’s not?

Well, I’m glad you asked, because frankly, quite a bit. In case you haven’t noticed we finished rock bottom of the Premier League. We’ve got an owner who is determined to ensure that all of the fans are completely disenchanted with the entire club. And, despite spending a colossal amount of money - which we all now owe to said owner - we’re back in the Championship. Also, we’re somewhere between £100-150 million in debt.

We’re about 15 minutes away from Portsmouthing our way through the entire league system.

Got the right manager?

Unless we somehow get relegated all the way to Norway, probably not.

Star player?

Without David Marshall we would have been relegated a lot sooner. The Scottish goalkeeper has been well and truly incredible.

However, for me, that accolade has to go to Jordon Mutch, who we should look to build a team around for next season. The young central midfielder is strong, can put in a tackle, take it past a man and score from 40 yards. FourFourTwo described him as the closest thing England have to a Yaya Toure. It sounds ludicrous, but watch him play a couple of games and tell me they’re wrong.

The good thing about Mutch is that, despite being an incredibly gifted player, he’s flown under the radar a bit. The majority of the speculation has centred around Campbell, Medel, Caulker and Marshall. We should do everything we can to hold onto him.

Who would you like to sell in the summer?

Campbell, Medel and Caulker are extremely talented players. However they’ll likely want to ply their trade in the top tier next season, and I can’t hold that against them. If they wish to leave, we should cash in on them.

We also need to get rid of the deadwood as well as some of the under-performing high earners. Simon Lappin, Tommy Smith (yes he's still here), Kenwyne Jones and Etien Velikonja should all be shipped out.

Who do you want to sign?

Lewis Grabban could be on his way, which would be a good piece of business. A 20+ goal a season striker is vital next year. Considering that a sound backline is not Ole’s strength, we’ll need to score a lot more goals than we did in 2012/13 if we want to get back to the Premier League.

Other than that, it really all depends on who goes.

It’s important to remember that, even if the likes of Caulker and Medel leave, this squad is still at least as strong as the one that took the Championship at a canter. Ole has the squad to take us straight back up.

Best chant so far?

‘1-0 to the Championship’ when we took the lead against Chelsea. Fittingly, we then lost.

Best opposition player/team you’ve seen?

Chelsea were clinical and Man City were dangerous, but the best football I’ve seen is when Arsenal visited the Cardiff City Stadium in November. They didn’t so much tear us apart as glide through us as if we weren’t there. I struggle to compliment teams when they hammer us - I’m a bitter loser - but I sat there in awe as they took us apart.

Biggest w***** of the season?

It really has to be Vincent Tan, doesn’t it?

Funniest moment of the season?

Watching Vincent Tan take public swipes at Malky Mackay like a bitter divorcee has been depressingly hilarious. Won’t somebody please think of the children?

Next season’s prediction?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will struggle to adapt to the Championship. He’ll either be fired too late or not at all as Tan has too much invested in him, and I’ll be writing an equally bitter season review as we fail to progress past the play-off semi-final.

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