Cardiff promoted to Premier League

Cardiff will be part of the Premier League next season, having wrapped up promotion from the Championship with a goalless draw at home to Charlton Athletic, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The side from the Welsh capital have lost in the play-offs for the last three consecutive years but under Malky Mackay have clinched a place in the top flight for the first time in more than 50 years.

Cardiff have been promoted with three games to play since they cannot be caught by third-place Watford, with two automatic promotion spots in the second tier. Hull currently hold the other position, six points clear of the Hornets, but Steve Bruce’s side were beaten by relegation-threatened Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday evening.

Mackay promised to build a Cardiff team capable of holding their own in the Premier League next season, saying: “ The Premier League is a huge challenge but we are going to plan properly. It has started already and we will put that into action.

We have been competitive in this league. One of the promises I made when I came is our fans will accept mistakes but they won’t accept lack of effort We have competed in every game we have played in the Championship and that won’t change in the Premier League.

Mackay also thanked owner Vincent Tan for his support and for the money he has spent taking Cardiff out of the Championship.

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