After a very poor start to the season under Paul Trollope, Cardiff ended the season safely in mid-table under Neil Warnock
It was a season that started with hope of a promotion back to the Premier League with the appointment of Trollope. After being part of the coaching team for the Welsh team who reached the semi-finals of the European Championships.
He brought in a couple of Welsh players and adopted the same formation to try and kindle some of that success. He was optimistic but, that optimism soon fell after a very poor start.
After 10 games, they only had eight points and after the 11th game, which was a 2-0 loss against Burton Albion, Trollope was sacked. Straight away Neil Warnock was appointed as the new manager. He seemed to be, unlike Trollope, the right man for the job.
He made his mark straight away, bringing in free agents Junior Hoilett, Sol Bamba, Marouane Chamakh and Kieran Richardson. When he came in the Bluebirds were in 23rd, looking like they would be in a relegation battle. But, he started well, unlike Trollope, with a 2-1 win over bitter rivals Bristol City in the Severnside derby.
City were unbeaten in their first three games under Warnock. It was only in the fourth game against Wigan, that he lost his first game, in a 1-0 loss. They seemed to be going on comfortably after the arrival of Warnock.
The main problem was late goals, with late goals against Brentford and Barnsley denying them a victory and a point respectively. They ended 2016 in 19th place after Warnock had helped them climb out of the relegation zone.
They started the new year well with three wins in a row. There was optimism around the club as they were doing a lot better than they were earlier in the season. They were starting to play a lot better as well.
They went on another three game win streak during February, including a 5-0 win against bottom club Rotherham. It looked like they still had a chance of reaching the play-offs.
Warnock had said throughout the season that they needed some new signings to be able to fight at the top and has constantly said that he is looking at next season. They ended the season comfortably in mid-table.
They finished the season strongly with a 3-0 win at Huddersfield, who were promoted through the play-offs. They finished in the top half of the table in 12th. They ended the season comfortably, as Warnock has vastly improved the side.
Overall, they were mainly looking at next season for most of the second half of the season. As Warnock is staying next year it looks like it could be a good season. He has already brought in goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, and full-back Callum Paterson and wants to sign more players.
Next season is looking like a bright season and there is real cause for optimism. Hopefully they can mount a strong promotion challenge to return to the Premier League.