Cardiff boss Malky Mackay relishes Welsh derby prospect
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Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay admits the prospect of a derby against Welsh rivals Swansea is an incentive to reaching the Premier League.
Leading the Championship by eight points with 15 games remaining, the Bluebirds are favourites for automatic promotion to the top flight.
The two clubs last met in 2011 when Cardiff won 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium.
"Certainly playing in a derby against them [Swansea] would be something I'd really like to do," said Mackay.
Cardiff hope to go a step nearer promotion by beating Brighton at the City Stadium on Tuesday.
And Mackay is hoping to follow Swansea's example when they reached the Premier League in 2011.
Swansea City are in their second season in the Premier League and are currently eighth in the table.
"It's something [promotion] we will try to keep working towards. Brendan [Rodgers] and Swansea did that and great credit to them in getting the club into the promised land.
"It's been an 18-month journey down here to try and do that so far and it's something we are fully focused on.
"It's really pleasing to be in that situation [eight points clear]. We know there are a lot of games to go and a lot of points to play for, but delighted we have got that gap.
"The players have been nothing short of excellent in their professionalism."
Mackay is delighted with the state of Welsh football.
Not only is there the prospect of two clubs in the Premier League next season, but on Sunday Swansea City play in the Capital One League Cup final, against Bradford, a year after Cardiff City reached the Wembley showpiece.
In 2011 Cardiff City lost out in the final to Liverpool on penalties.
"I think it is fantastic for the country," said Mackay.
"[We have] two national competitions and a league and two years in a row the two Welsh clubs have got to one of the two national competition finals.
"I think it's fantastic for Wales."
Cardiff City don't exist in any recognisable, meaningful way, it's Vincent Tan FC now.
Good luck on saturday anyway. Unlike yourselves, were not bitter and i for one am happy that you have something to shout about. Wasn't long ago I heard a lad crying on the radio thinking you were going out of the league.
Totally irrelevant to the post. I don't care what they play before kick off for the LC final. All the Swans fans including myself will be singing our national anthem throughout the game.
A premier league South Wales derby will be a fantastic occasion. I will laugh if they blow a 10 point advantage though!
City are top of the league with a game in hand, 8 points on second place and 11 points on (the more important) 3rd placed team. That's reality, not a dream.
There's a long way to go till City are promoted, but they're in an exceptionally healthy position.
This is good for Wales, more importantly.
By saying the club may "not want supporters like me" I presume you mean fans who followed them for decades wherever they were in the league?
No true CCFC supporter will have anything to do with them now. A soulless franchise and rich mans toy owned and operated from abroad.
Yeah right, take a look here and tell me it's not an identity change :
No other club has dissolved it's history and identity in any way comparable to Malaysia FC, they're a cowardly, sellout joke and that's coming from a supporter of 35 years previously.
Besides, Cardiff are only doing well because NONE of the relegated clubs have challenged due to internal problems. That has made things a lot easier for everyone else, which is nice for getting promotion, but deceptive if you think you got into the PL on real merit.
Unlike Swansea, Cardiff have no style of play to rely on.
Cardiff are 1/20 to be promoted,only fractionally longer than Manu to win the prem,i think we can assume promotion is on the cards.
Davies26 - you are exactly right there.
I think the owners weren't necessarily wrong to change the colour of the home shirt but to make the bluebird logo smaller on the badge
Not sure about them wearing red tho!
Nice one Malky, without counting chickens (not going to happen after previous seasons!) hopefully the derby can be back next season. I love the Swansea games as the atmosphere is always top draw. Have missed it the past few seasons...