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Premier League - is chopping and changing really so bad?

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Short fuses, kit changes, changing names and budget ranges: the stereotypical modern day football owner is a topic of growing controversy.

And it seems Cardiff City chief Vincent Tan has set the benchmark for these abnormal personalities over the past couple of seasons, many fingers of resentment have been pointed in his direction after countless debacles and disasters. 

From day one, Tan belittled the history and tradition of Cardiff City. The famous 'Bluebird' nickname was abolished, as kit colours altered from blue to red, and the bluebird on the clubs crest was traded for a red dragon. Even Iain Moody, one of the most talented and respected sporting directors in the game wasn't safe from Tan's imbecilic imaginations, he was replaced with an unknown friend of Tan's son, just 23 years old.

However, the Malaysian Tycoon's most absurd moment came when manager Malky Mackay was dismissed back in December, after guiding the club back to the top flight for the first time in 52 years by winning the Championship.

Transfer related spats were reported to be at the helm of this well-publicised fall out, and the news would have left those preaching continuity and longevity in management and bad-mouthing modern football's ethos feeling rather smug, especially after new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's sour start to life in Wales.

The evidence opposing the methods of Tan may suggest a certain naivety in those with an itchy-trigger finger, yet in some cases it really isn't so disastrous.

Roman Abramovich has been the poster-boy of everything despised in football tycoons ever since his purchase of Chelsea back in 2003, and the Russian has seen nine managers come and go, the tenth being the first one he employed.

This 'Managerial Merry-Go-Round' is frowned upon by many, however in Chelsea and Abramovich's case, chopping and changing so many managers over the past decade has brought them three Premier League titles, a European Cup, two League Cup's, four FA Cup's and a Europa League title. 

If you have a browse across the capital, Arsenal have retained the same manager for the past decade. Though Arsene Wenger has failed to deliver a single piece of silverware for the Gunners since 2005, a fact that poses a threat to lovers of traditional footballing values.

Manchester United fans may have something to squabble here though,  the greatest manager in their history, many people forget, was one game away from the sack at Nottingham Forest back in 1990. That famous Mark Robins goal arguably saved Ferguson's Manchester United career. A reminder that continuity in a club is a long term strategy, that needs to be given time.

It's a topic debatable for hours upon hours, yet axing Ian Holloway and appointing Tony Pulis appears an absolute masterstroke from the Crystal Palace board. The Eagles were plum favourites for the drop early on in the season, yet an alternative Premier League table, since Pulis' arrival, sees Palace occupy seventh place, one point above Manchester United.

The stereotype of a modern-day football owner is that of a tycoon splashing the cash, dropping the axe and rubbishing the traditional values of football. 

Nevertheless, sometimes a the swinging of a much-bloodied managerial axe is not always as hazardous as it seems.

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