Saturday, 21 December 2013

Tan lines the way for future Cardiff failure

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has been in the spotlight over the past couple of years, what with his decision to change their shirt colour to red and the badge from a Bluebird to a Dragon. This caused a lot of distrust and anger amongst supporters, with some boycotting matches while those who still went to the Cardiff City Stadium made their feelings known to the Malaysian owner.

He has had running battles with manager Malky Mackay since taking over in 2010. He has been trying to force Mackay out of the club by sacking his Head of Recruitment Ian Moody in October, and has even sent Mackay messages about which players he should be buying. A bit rich from a man who, by his own admission, knows nothing about football. This statement is backed up by the fact that, in a telephone call made by Tan to Mackay, demanded Cardiff would score more goals if they took more shots from inside their own half of the pitch. That's the way to score, he said.

I honestly would not be surprised if, when Mackay leaves (I feel this is unfortunately inevitable) that Tan himself would take over as manager.

I am a strong believer of making the most of your strengths, so am disgusted that the owner (who has put most of his money into the club in the form of loans, meaning that he would actually get it back) is getting involved in the actual footballing matters, rather than sticking to the financial side that he took over.

Malky Mackay has been a professional footballer for 23 years, signing for Celtic in 1993 after coming through the ranks of Queens Park where he made 70 appearances. He was sent for a one-game loan to Norwich City in September 1998, and eventually signed for the Canaries for a £350,000 fee. He played 212 games for the Carrow Road outfit, and scored 15 goals.

He is an experienced manager,  and made his managerial debut after replacing Brendan Rodgers at Watford in 2009. He then signed a 3 year deal with Cardiff City in July 2011, where he has arguably been the clubs most successful manager. After joining the Welsh club, he went 2 months unbeaten and won the November Manager of the Month award. The following season, he oversaw them win their first 10 games of the season, a run which would go far to securing promotion to the Premier League. 

I am fairly certain that the sacking of Mackay is imminent, unfortunately. How Vincent Tan passed the FA's Fit for Purpose test, I will never know. The man is a lunatic - he tried to get Mackay to go out before home matches and watch dancer dressed as dragons sprinkle rice over the playing area. A man driven on superstition, he has been successful in other walks of life, and has a net value f over £800 million.

He wanted to play in red at Anfield - he wanted Liverpool to wear their away kit for the match at Anfield today. I'll let that sink in for a minute. This man is in charge of a Premier League football club. 

Something went wrong somewhere.

Hello, FA?