Cardiff will bounce back: Vincent

JOHOR BARU: Cardiff City owner Tan Sri Vincent Tan believes that the Welsh club will bounce back and return to the top tier of the English football next season.

Cardiff were relegated from the English Premier League (EPL) in May and will play in the Championship next season.

The Malaysian tycoon attributed the off-field turmoil between him and previous manager Malky Mackay as the main reason for the club’s demotion.

“He (Mackay), through the British media, had stirred up a lot of problems for me by creating false allegations towards myself and causing Cardiff fans and the people over there to go against me.

“However, Mackay has since made a public apology to me and I believe the rift between us is over,” he said after attending the Better Malaysia Foundation charity event at the Berjaya Waterfront Hotel here on Thursday.

Tan also believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, brought in to replace Malkay, is the right man to take them back into the Premier League

“The club is currently going through a rebuilding process ... and we have Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is a good manager, to steer us back to the top,” he said, adding that he would bring Cardiff City to Malaysia “once our mission to get promoted to the Premier League is achieved”.

“Of course, I want to bring the club and the players here but the important thing for us to play in the EPL,” he said.

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