Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock says keeping the club in the top flight will be his “hardest challenge” in management. The Welsh side defied expectations last season to secure an unlikely return to the Premier League following a four-year exodus.
While the other two promoted teams in Wolves and Fulham spent vast amounts of money to try and keep themselves away from danger this year, Cardiff’s spending was much more modest with the £11million acquisition of Norwich winger Josh Murphy their biggest outlay.
So far that has been reflected in their results as they have picked up only two points from four Premier League games, despite running Arsenal close on Sunday in a 3-2 defeat.
And Warnock says the task of keeping Cardiff up will be immensely difficult, but says he is determined to enjoy himself.
“It’s my hardest challenge by an absolute mile. Biggest ever. I always knew it would be. I knew before the end of the season I knew what my budget would be, what I could spend so I knew it would be a minor miracle in that respect,” Warnock told the Mirror.
“When I took over, who would have said 18 months ago that we’d be in the Premier League, turning people away because we’re sold out three or four days before a game? People would say I was in cloud cuckoo land!
“The place is just gripped by it. It’s great in a time where there’s a lot of depressing, negativity around the world, I think it’s great that in Cardiff we’ve got something to look forward to each week.”