Mackay set to raise standards

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay admits he has no option but to raise the bar again after the club ended a 51-year wait for top flight football in the Welsh capital.

Last Updated: 17/04/13 at 18:28 Post Comment

The Bluebirds will join arch-rivals Swansea in the top flight after securing promotion from the Championship with Tuesday night's 0-0 draw against Charlton.

But Mackay insists he will have to raise the standards at the Cardiff City Stadium in the summer by bringing in top-quality players to add to his existing squad.

He told Sky Sports: "We've got a really good group here and a group that I think can challenge at the next level up. Again, to have that standard raised which absolutely is a must at Premier League level we're going to need to bring in players as well.

"How many of them? Well that's something we have to look at in the summer, but as many good players as I can basically. It's really about raising the standards.

"Again, we've done that in the first year here, raised the standards again this year and we're going to have to do it again next year.

"I think change is constant and if you don't go with change, if you don't keep pushing forward and keep trying to strive for the best you're left behind and that would certainly be us aswell and I won't let that happen while I'm here."

Cardiff's Malaysian owner Vincent Tan could spend up to £25 million on new players in the summer, but Mackay says he has yet to discuss any figures yet.

"We've not sat down with exact figures at the moment. I know the owner was thrown a question by someone a couple of months ago but myself and him will sit down.

"Me and my recruitment department have already started planning quietly as to 'what if' scenario if we did get promoted.

"We will be on going with that but it will be only players that can come in and help the group and help achieve in what we want which is to stay in the Premier League."

Victory over Burnley on Saturday would see Cardiff claim the Championship title, although two further opportunities would present themselves against Bolton and Hull should City not win at Turf Moor.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think Finnegans Wake would have been a better reference point than Ulysses. Far more rambling and incomprehensible.

debra2927
Football People On TV: Garth Crooks

I

f I recall correctly, Degsy predicted a 100/1 shot correctly the week after his 150/1 Blackpool 4 - 3 Bolton call. I stuck a fiver on it as an idle bet. Paid for a stag do in Munich. Heady days...

baldini
Backing Hull To Beat United 2-1...

R

odgers prefers Joe Allen to Lucas? If this is true then I'm setting aside a fortnight to finally learn the rules of American Football and I'll give up on real football.

godzilla
The Jammy Gossip

Footer 365

Carlton Cole doesn't know if he will stay at West Ham next season

West Ham striker Carlton Cole revealed he still does not know where his future lies beyond this season.

Louis van Gaal believes David De Gea will stay at Manchester United

Louis van Gaal believes David De Gea will stay at Manchester United despite speculation linking him with Real Madrid.

Roy Hodgson wants Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard on England coaching staff

Roy Hodgson wants Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard on the England coaching team when they retire from playing.

Mail Box

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company