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Following a Championship win in the 2012-13 season, Cardiff returned to the First Division of English football for the first time since the 60s. This was short-lived, however, as they finished bottom of the league and were relegated back to the Championship, where they finished in an unimpressive 11th place under Russell Slade.
Despite a small resurgence, it seems that Cardiff are on a downward spiral, and with Slade departing the club at the end of the season and no big names being thrown in for next manager, it is unknown if anyone can turn it around.
Can the Bluebirds fly again?Taking Cardiff City forwards in this story will be Italian coach Fabio Pecchia. Having been fielded for teams such as Napoli, Juventus and Bologna in his heyday, as well as appearing for the Italian u21s side, Pecchia has some valuable top-tier experience. Pecchia has recently made the transition from the outfield to the back-room, having spent the last three years as assistant to Rafael Benítez at Napoli and the ever-prestigious Real Madrid, but is clearly eager to take the leading role at a club.
Whilst he seems like a bizarre and perhaps random choice at first glance, it is often the less glamorous managerial appointments that bring the most success (*cough* Ranieri *cough*.) Could Rafa's protégé be just what the city needs?