Summer madness bites at Cardiff


By all accounts Malky MacKay is a good guy.  He is certainly a good motivator and tactician, and an excellent communicator, unburdened by the airs and graces normally associated by managers in the self-appointed Greatest Show on Earth.  None of this saved him from the sack, though, accused of running riot with the cheque book in the summer.

Cardiff City certainly ran riot, spending in the region of £50m to help prepare for top flight football.  If, as owner Vincent Tan alleges, the spend was unauthorised, Cardiff have a management control problem, not a problem with the manager, who is within his rights to spend whatever money made available to him.

‘Bluebirds’ fans are united on Malky’s side, they are equally united against owner Tan, who appears wholly unsuitable to control a football club.  Changing their strips from blue to red, as red is the colour most associated with Wales, tells you all you need to know about Tan and where he will ultimately take the club, but the extravagance of the summer has already set Cardiff off on the road to rapid decline.

Every club should anticipating making mistakes in the transfer market, it is part of the territory, but they need to be able to afford those mistakes.  Cardiff’s summer signings allowed for no mistakes. The totem was Andreas Cornelius, recruited from from Copenhagen for an outrageous £10m.  The player received a five year contract worth more than the transfer fee.  He’s only 20.  Cornelius also earns more than seven times his salary at Copenhagen, no one will be able to afford to take him from Cardiff, his 18 career goals, all in Denmark, suggest he’s simply not worth anything like money he’s on.

If you’re Cardiff City, here’s the problem when you try to recruit for top flight football: after 50 years in the wilderness, you’re favourites for the drop.  Players with other top flight options will take them, you’ll have to pay over the odds to convince players to sign on.  You’re also shopping in a market you have absolutely no experience of – making mistakes more likely.

Spending £10m on a striker was possibly a sensible idea for Cardiff (I can imagine how popular it was, any sane voices would have been whistling against the wind) but what striker, genuinely worth £10m, would go there without being ‘bribed’ with copious amounts of cash?  I’m aware of the parallels with Celtic, which £10m striker would come to Scotland?

They could have received 50 knock-backs before doing a deal in Copenhagen.  This pattern was replicated across the rest of their summer spend.  They should have invested their Premier League windfall on long-term development, irrespective of the short-term consequences.

For the sake of the club’s fans I hope they survive but inadequate controls at board level, with an owner seemingly intent on self-destruction, a rapid decline through the leagues seems inevitable, sooner or later.
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  1. gene’s a bhoy’s name



    16:24 on 28 December, 2013



    Hopefully the guilty will get the justice they deserve (pity it won’t be at the end of a rope) and the victims can move on and have the life they deserve.


    And I hope that people don’t try and use this as some sort of point scoring against the Huns.


    Child abuse is the worst thing in life and should not be used as one up on someone leave that for the knuckledraggers of this world

  2. Ulysses McGhee



    Re Krazy House



    I honestly was in an ad for them ( me and my wee sis were basically paid in clothes for the next school term) They were part of the City Cash Tailors Group. Don’t know if that’ll help you track any photos down.




    Jimbo67 supporting Oscar Knox

  3. Krazy House………..*shudders*



    Rig-out for first family wedding purchased there. Armour-plated double- breestit sports coat……………


    If Guys’n’Dolls Sky Masterson had had a son, that was me………..Clydebank meets Broadway…………….


    …………… and not in a good way.

  4. Nice wee 4 fold up……in a sweat thinking Albion Rovers might blow it again.


    Sunday horses for courses:


    Newcastle poor at home to Arsenal with 1 win in 11.


    Southampton poor at Everton, with 1 win in 14.


    Oldham no wins in 9 at Coventry.


    Wolves have won their last 10 at home to Orient.


    Crewe have won in last 4 visits to Colchester.


    St Mirren have won last 3 at home to Hearts, and think they should win well unless Fannyheid gets sent off early doors.


    Dundee United have lost one in last 10 visits to Perth.




    Rooting for Sunderland at Cardiff.

  5. hun skelper


    17:25 on


    28 December, 2013





    17:08 on 28 December, 2013



    Good spot mate banged a score on it HH




    If the bet goes down……sorry.

  6. Aberdeen poor record v Ross County, h an a drawing1, losing 3.




    Still to check my Highland League accum.

  7. I don’t subscribe to the current ‘play the boys’ and see what happens brigade.



    Next thing you know MSM will be joining in and saying we’re cheating, by being


    too good, and should weaken the side, for fun.



    If we have a striker who is good enough he’ll play and lets face it, if we did, wouldn’t


    we have seen him by now?



    NameTheLastHomeGrownCelticStrikerToMakeItBig CSC

  8. starry



    I rest my case.



    Could even expand it and say name a Scots born striker currently playing


    who could enhance the Celtic team?



    One possible, and we passed on him.

  9. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    starry plough forza oscar



    17:19 on 28 December, 2013



    I would prefer Geronimo, would come in handy for any injuries……

  10. Bournesouprecipe



    That is such a sad photo. Glasgow is such a better city now it has got rid of all those local owned shops and got Next, Top Shop, River Island etc isn’t it?




    Jimbo67 supporting Oscar Knox

  11. Wee Fra


    Agree re Phil’s article. Excellent stuff. Real laugh out loud moment and descriptor of the year when he refers to all things “Rankers” as the Bearmacht.

  12. bournesouprecipe



    You could expand it even further and ask who the last world class player Scotland produced and you will see form the time frame the decline of the national game and it’s “co-incidental purely circumstantially you understand” relationship to the false domination of a certain now dead team..



    The fact that we keep our heads above water and have seasons like last season is a minor miracle!!



    Huv we signed a striker yet!!



    It’ll be a laugh Bourne!



    John Collier John Collier the window to watch!

  13. Looks like Goldbergs up at Tollcross in Edunburgh- just round from the Sacred Heart Churc



    Jimbo67 supporting Oscar Knox

  14. Bsr thAt is Goldbergs Edinburgh ! – they also had one in Blackpool and Kirkcaldy


    Woman’s fashion chain ” wrygges” was spin out too hh

  15. gearoid1998



    I pmsl at that too. As I already said, brilliant. :)



    Weefra HH supporting Wee Oscar.

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