After a disheartening loss at Newcastle – falling 3-0 to a side that had lost six straight matches – Cardiff City were relegated from the Premier League, after just one season in the top flight.
When even Newcastle is able to score multiple times, it’s clear that Cardiff have a few troubles in defense. That’s backed up by the numbers, which have the Bluebirds conceding the second-most goals in the league, second only to Fulham, who were also relegated on Saturday. At the other end, Cardiff are also rather woeful, scoring just 31 times in 37 games.
Despite the obvious problems at the club, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he’s not leaving. Appointed to replace Malky Mackay, who brought the Bluebirds into the Premier League, the Norwegian could only manage to guide his side to 12 points in the 17 league games in which he was in charge.
With that record, Cardiff fans may want someone else guiding their side through the Championship. But Solksjaer insists he’s not going anywhere:
I am the manager of Cardiff City football club and I am not going to lay down and feel sorry for myself. We will go into the next game showing professional pride and put in a good performance and then we will plan for next season.
That next game is against Chelsea who, with a win over Norwich on Monday, will likely still be in the title race. So Cardiff could still affect this season, even if they themselves have no more reason to try for all three points.