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Cardiff City owner Tan Sri Vincent Tan (centre) with local celebrities (from left) Iqram Dinzly, Fahrin Ahmad, Fizz Fairuz and Fizo Omar, who will make a trip to Cardiff to watch the Bluebirds take on Manchester United on Nov 24.
KUALA LUMPUR: Cardiff City owner Tan Sri Vincent Tan is confident that the Bluebirds can keep their top flight status if they can continue with their impressive run thus far in the English Premier League (EPL).
While it may still be early days in the EPL, the Welsh outfit have got off to a decent start – notching two away wins, including the impressive 3-2 win over Manchester City, two draws and two losses in the first six games.
Cardiff, who play Newcastle at home at the Cardiff City Stadium this weekend, are in 11th spot in the EPL standings with eight points.
“We’ve had a good week (2-1 away win against Fulham) and, hopefully, we’ll continue to do well. If we continue our current performance, I don’t see why not (staying up in the Premiership),” Tan said at a press conference at the Parkroyal Hotel on Wednesday.
“It’s only our first season back in the top flight after 51 years and it is my hope that we can remain there for a long time.
“It’s still too early to tell ... we’re only six games in but, so far, I’m quite happy with the way we have progressed and I’m confident we can keep at it.
“Being our first year back, I’ll be happy with a mid-table finish ... anywhere between 10th and 13th will be okay. If we can do better, of course. But the main goal will be to stay on.”
Tan said this after handing over Cardiff City jerseys to four local celebrities – Fahrin Ahmad, Fizo Omar, Iqram Dinzly and Fizz Fairuz, who will make a trip to Cardiff, courtesy of Rafflesia Pearl Centre, to watch the Bluebirds take on Manchester United on Nov 24.
The Malaysian tycoon, who claims he was bitten by the football bug after witnessing Cardiff’s 3-2 loss to Blackpool in the final of the 2009-10 Premier League playoffs at Wembley, hopes that more Malaysians will rally behind the team.
“We’re still relatively new. We’re not Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea or Arsenal, who have a large fan base here. Yet, I know many Malaysians who have become fans of Cardiff and have adopted the club as their ‘second club’, which is great,” he said.
Tan is also relishing a “Malaysian dream derby” in the EPL and hopes to see Queens Park Rangers, owned by Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, back in the Premiership next season.
“QPR are doing really well. They’re second in the Championship right now and I hope they’ll earn a promotion back into the Premiership ... then we can have a Malaysian derby next season,” said Tan.
“I think it’ll be nice for Malaysian fans to have two Malaysian-owned teams taking on each other in the Premier League.”
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