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New Cardiff City FC owner urges fans to 'Keep the Faith'

Mon 24th May 2010 | Clubs Ownership

New Cardiff City Football Club backer Dato Chan Tien Ghee has urged fans to "keep the faith" after Blackpool denied the Welsh team a place in the Premier League.

"Keep the faith. We've come so far, we'll get up there next time," he told the BBC after suffering Wembley heartbreak.

Manager Dave Jones deflected questions on his future, stating: "It's not the time for all that now. We're just going to go home and reflect on everything."

Chan offered a one-word answer when asked by BBC Sport Wales if the club would now struggle to hold on to Jones: "No".

The Malaysian continued: "Whatever it is today, the message to the fans is separate - we'll try again. We'll get up there, alright?

"We've never lost the faith, we've never lost the faith."

In a later interview Malaysian Chan pledged: "When I step in my commitments are always there."

He went on: "We struggled so hard to get to where we were.

"Today was a great day - well, maybe not as great as what we wanted to do, but look at this, we're up at the top, we'll get up there again.

"This is our first experience of this sort of thing. There's a new season coming up, let's just see where we've gone wrong, if we have.

"But at the end of the day there's only one winner, but today there were two.

"Cardiff City to get up there through all its struggles, all its financial struggles - and believe me they were hard - no-one wants to be in this position.

"I promise you one thing, we'll try very hard and I'll do whatever's necessary to get us up there again."

However, Cardiff's future could be difficult, having missed out on the estimated £90m that comes with promotion to the Premier League.

The club has already survived four winding-up orders as Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs demand repayment of a £1.9m debt.

The club's total debt stands at more than £15m, with the new Malaysian investors represented by Chan expected to step in before a fifth trip to the High Court.

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