A brief history of Vincent Tan’s crazy Cardiff City reign

Vincent Tan has repeatedly confounded Cardiff supporters

Vincent Tan has repeatedly confounded Cardiff supporters

As you’ve probably read by now, Bond villain Vincent Tan is set to out-crazy himself once more as he flies into London to sack Malky Makay.

It’s a devastating turn of events for Cardiff fans. Malky Mackay has been the only sane, rational voice coming from the club, and it seems that his time is running out.

Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman has convinced Tan to hold fire (terribly sorry for that pun), and is apparently seeking to persuade the Malaysian to keep Mackay in charge. Cardiff fans, however, aren’t holding their breath. It seems that the young Scot’s days are numbered.

Liverpool v Cardiff Betting Odds:

Liverpool win – 1.19

Draw – 7.00

Cardiff win 15.00

(All odds provided by GEObet.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)

Malky’s record so far

Malky Mackay took over a depleted Cardiff City side in the summer of 2011. With just 10 senior players at his disposal, he quickly moved to swell the ranks, bringing in a number of players on a limited budget.

The following season was an important – though admittedly uninspiring – period of consolidation, with Cardiff ending the season in the playoffs.

The 2012/13 season, however, saw Cardiff take the Championship with ease. Cardiff reached the summit in November and, though there were stutters along the way, held onto the top spot for the remainder of the season.

The Welsh club then went on to break their record transfer fee three times over the summer, bringing in striker Andreas Cornelius, defender Steven Caulker and midfielder Gary Medel. This appears to be an issue for Tan as he claims that, with add-ons, they went over budget. Other sources at the club however suggest that Tan was more than happy with the add-ons at the time.

It’s hard to argue that this season has been anything other than a success so far. Cardiff currently sit in 15th, with a 4 point cushion from the bottom three, and only 3 points off the top ten. They haven’t played great football, however no sane man would demand tiki-taka football from a newly promoted team. Enter stage right: Vincent Tan.

The loveable* Vincent Tan

Vincent Tan’s reign has been far more controversial. He took over in 2011, and was initially hailed as a saviour of the club. His popularity plummeted however when he hinted that he might change the club’s kit to red. An uproar followed, forcing Tan to backtrack on the kit change.

He reversed his backtrack several months later (fronttracking?), changing the club’s kit to red. He also got someone to knock together a new logo on MS Paint, copying and pasting the dragon from the Welsh flag in the process.

Tan then went on to sack head of recruitment Iain Moody in a move we now know was due to a supposed overspend.

This may sound like a fair enough reason, until you realise he was replaced with 23 year old – and friend of family – Alisher Apsalyamov, a man whose only experience in football was a short work stint at Cardiff City painting the fences. Yup, this guy.

Don’t worry though, he’s no longer in charge due to a Home Office investigation.

Throughout Mackay’s rein, Tan has also looked to influence tactics, selection and even substitutions. He’s signed at least one player without Mackay’s knowledge and once told the manager that his team should shoot more often. ‘If you ask 10 girls to go out with you,’ he proudly claimed, ‘no matter how ugly you are, I bet that one will say “Yes”

‘I believe the increase in goal attempts is in line with the law of averages. So, if we had 20 goal attempts, at least two will go in!’

And that, ladies and gentleman, is the man calling the shots at our club. Oh, for the days of Hammam and Ridsdale.

*Wait, that’s the wrong word. Let’s go with ‘confusing’, just to be on the safe side

AntonyPAUL STOLLERY (paulstollery) is a Cardiff City fan and Ron Swanson enthusiast. He writes about football and rugby for Betting Instinct

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Liverpool favourites to top the Premier League today!

Luis Suarez tops the goal scorer charts with 17 goals this season.

Luis Suarez tops the goal scorer charts with 17 goals this season.

With Premier League leaders Arsenal not in action until Monday as they host Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium second placed Liverpool have the chance to go top of the Premier League with victory at Anfield over newly promoted Cardiff City in the opening match of the weekend in England’s top tier. Should Arsenal and Chelsea end level or see an away win in the final match before Christmas then it will be Brendan Rodger’s men who will sit as the highest ranked side in the country for Christmas Day this year.

The team from the red half of the Merseyside will need to win this afternoon’s clash with Cardiff City, who they defeated in the Carling Cup Final of 2012 in a penalty shootout to take the title, to go top and should they it today it will the first time since the fourth round of games this season that they have occupied top spot in the league and they will be desperate to get back to the summit today.

GR88.com believe that burning desire to ascend to the top of the Premier League and survey all those that follow them will add to an excellent record at Anfield this season and see a comfortable Liverpool victory in the opening match of the 17th round of Premier League football.

Liverpool v Cardiff Betting Odds:

Liverpool to win – 1.20

Draw – 6.80

Cardiff to win – 14.50

Odds provided by GR88.com are current as of today but subject to change.

The run up to this match has been dominated by news coming from both of these clubs and the noises emanating from Anfield have beautiful to the ears of the Liverpool faithful while, only months after sealing promotion to the Premier League, Cardiff City fans must be wondering what is going on behind the scenes at their club.

The good news for the home side is that Premier League top scorer with 17 goals in Luis Suarez (he scored 23 last season and we’re not even halfway yet!) has committed to a new long term contract that will make him the highest paid player in the club’s history. He will surely be out to celebrate this new contract with another bagful of goals this weekend to claim all three points for his team and with his rampant form so far this season I am surprised that Liverpool are not even shorter to beat Cardiff this weekend.

While it is celebrations and festive cheer at Anfield right now, the same cannot be said for the news reports coming from the Cardiff City Stadium. After removing head of recruitment at the club Iain Moody with a friend of his son, owner Vincent Tan has not endear himself with the fans or the football community at large by contacting boss Malky Mackay to resign as manager of the club or be fired. The pre-match press conference yesterday descended into farce as the assistant manager was sent out instead of Mackay, fuelling rumours that the Scotsman has already been given his marching orders at the club and that former Liverpool, Man City and Wales striker Craig Bellamy will be given the reins shortly.

This shambles of a situation is not going to help Cardiff City prepare for this match and as they have an away record of just one win in eight away Premier League games this season against a side that has won seven of eight at Anfield so far this match could see Cardiff ripped apart. The Welsh side have no goals in their last four away games, while Liverpool have scored 20 in their last five at home and I can see this Liverpool v Cardiff match being more of the same for both teams.

Back Liverpool to top the Premier League by beating Cardiff by at least three goals (Liverpool -2) this afternoon @ 1.88 in the GR88 Sportsbook! 

AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.