Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Medical | By Bryan Strickland

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock praises secret weapon grandson after promotion

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock praises secret weapon grandson after promotion

At St Andrew's, Fulham succumbed to a 3-1 loss away at Birmingham City, meaning the club will now battle it out in the playoffs for a chance of promotion to the Premier League.

If Cardiff fail to win and Fulham claim three points at Birmingham, the Cottagers will go up in second place.

"It's the biggest achievement in my 38-year career by an absolute mile", Warnock said.

Etheridge went through the eye of a needle to realize his Premier League dream.

"I've never known a week longer than this", Warnock said.

The Royals are just two points above the Sky Bet Championship drop zone and need points
The Royals are just two points above the Sky Bet Championship drop zone and need points

The battle to land the coveted spot in the Premiership, and all the television money that comes with it will be between Fulham, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Derby County.

It proved to be more than enough for Etheridge and Cardiff City, who merely held onto the clean sheet against an already-safe Reading side, as results elsewhere also favored their fortunes. There was another one after full time, when Cardiff's Malaysian owner, Vincent Tan, was carried on the shoulders of fans.

Instead, Cardiff finish runners-up in the league, completing a dramatic turnaround under Warnock, who becomes the first manager to seal promotion to the top flight with four different teams. "I got offered a short-term contract at Oldham, to sit on the bench", says Etheridge, whose only game for the club was in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy against Preston North End.

Neil Warnock's side knew a home win over Reading would clinch second place behind champions Wolves, yet could only manage a 0-0 draw against their lowly opponents.

Last season, the clubs met twice in the Championship. Currently, Swansea is in the relegation zone, tied for points with Southampton with each having two games left.

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