When the Welsh giants were bought back in 2010 by the Malaysian businessman, the initial response and attitude around the club, and Cardiff itself, was enlightened. Was this the man who could inject money and enough positivity in and around the club to finally clinch promotion?
Yes, your simple answer. But the classless chairman has now single-handedly relegated a club who deserve a better shot at the elite division of English football.
I fully understand Tan's decision to conquer the massive market, which is Asia; changing the club's traditional blue for red seemed a bit radical. As if this rash move would suddenly turn the four billion people in Asia to jump on the next flight to Cardiff airport, unfortunately for the club's profits, and future, it was inevitable, it wasn’t happening.
Cardiff, have been blue since the day the doors opened for the business, back in 1899. For some passionate fans, they’ll always be blue, regardless of Tan's mindless decisions.
In fairness, Tan has invested a large sum in and around the club; which will arguably create a more long lasting, sustainable future. But he's completely disregarded the heritage of the 115 year old club. Indisputably for his own advantage.
A club who fought for years for this vital promotion, and at times were unlucky to not get it. It was almost a relief for the fans when it was finally confirmed. Because to some, it felt like a long dark tunnel of which that light just didn't want to switch on.
The fans joy, and players, for that matter, was clear to see in the early stages of the Premier League calendar. That famous 3-2 win against Manchester City was a prime example of what the club were all about. They almost reminded me of Hull in the early years of the 08/09 season.
But the kill joy, that is Mr Vincent Tan, quickly ended the glee, and turned it into a horror show.
Under Malky Mackay; the faultless Scot, who was deemed a bit of a hero after his fantastic start with the Bluebirds, was unfairly relieved of his duty as manager in December, and replaced by the Manchester United legend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The undisputed record he has with Molde in Norway was unquestionable. But could this man really deliver the levels of quality in the world’s greatest division? But you could argue that prior to this season, did Malky even possess the experience and Premier League requirements to satisfy Tan and become a concrete top-flight club; I believe not.
What he did have; the backing of his squad, the fans, and what seemed Vincent Tan, but ostensibly not.
Cardiff left Mackay jobless despite them lying 14th in the division: what did the deluded chairman really want from his manager, a Superbowl win? It's always been deemed one of the most unfair and rash manager sacking of the modern era, in my opinion.
It’s hard to start where I can question Tan's logic behind the decision. It seemed the villain was back to his old tricks; except this time it would help dig more issues in the club, and undoubtedly Tan's wallet.
The Malaysian is arguably the worst thing that could have happened. Yes, the money injected and players bought were perfect, but the wages, and players that will be sold due to relegation is almost karma, and a very bitter pill to swallow.
It’s a shame to see a club such as Cardiff become victim to modern day football owners and their selfishness. Cardiff continue to be used to help make Tan's wallet deeper than needs must.
The stupidity, irrational decisions and his pride has cost Cardiff at their first time of asking in the division. A huge disappointment for a club that attempted for years; to be killed off by a chairman, unaware of the clubs tradition and pride.
I hope Cardiff can bounce back after a roller coaster first season, and Tan can regain some dignity and respect.
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