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. Phil Mac’s latest is worth a read…………



    if only for his reference to hundom as the ‘bearmacht”…………………….



    …………..Eggnog spluttered everywhere……….






    Cheers Phil!

  2. Kojo



    Of course you are. And we’re fine, My gals have been even more special over this Christmas time.



    Best wishes.

  3. hun skelper



    19:13 on 28 December, 2013





    19:08 on 28 December, 2013



    Cheers mate HH



    Yer welcome kiddo. 12.30 kick off. I’ll be searching for a live stream. :))



    Weefra HH supporting Wee Oscar.

  4. weefrathetim



    19:18 on 28 December, 2013



    Am having a house party tonight or a would be there, can’t be arsed with the travel and a bad hangover just doesn’t appeal anymore. HH

  5. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    I thought Phil Macs end of the year report was utter garbage. Low in content and high in opinion. Low grade tabloid pulp. On a par with Keech. Mind you keech knows he is a liar for a living. Good to see how quick our own have become carbon copies of those they were supposed to replace. As CQN has proven since the 5 way agreement. New Celtic but with the same old firm parasitic ideals.




  6. can i have raspberry on that champions league ice cream



    19:23 on 28 December, 2013



    Haha a certainty can’t wait come on Lenny make it happen HH

  7. hunskelper



    I don’t go to away games, CP satisfies my needs for footie. Used to go when I was a lot younger (30-40 years ago) but I just love going to CP and feel quite privileged to have a ST and to be able to afford one. How much longer, hopefully till the Big Mhan takes me. :))



    Weefra HH supporting Wee Oscar.

  8. Team fur The Morra..






    Matthews Izzy



    Efe n Virge



    Forrest,FISHER, HENDERSON. Commons,



    Amido n ATAJIK..



    Sure..It’s A Young Team..






    It is Time that Neil, took a Roll o’ the Dice.



    Time tae be Bold.. Time tae Gie the Kids a Chance..




    Shucks.. He could Pack the Bench wi his Favorites.. If he wanted..



    JIst in case..



    But.. Ah am confident that the Kids wid Dae Him Proud..



    n ..at the same time..’




    Gie Neil A MESSAGE..



    Heck.. He has a wealth of TALENTED YOUNGSTERS..



    At his Disposal..



    He should, get aff the Dime.. N..




    USE “Em” or. “LOSE ‘EM”..






    Of Course Ah am..








    Still, Laughin

  9. BigShuggy…



    Oldham not playing in Coventry.



    Home games now in Northampton Sixfields.



    Atmosphere like a morgue for home team this season unless it’s Northampton themselves.

  10. Well done, Sunderland. Injury time equaliser after being 2 down. Ki was very impressive, never wasted a ball and unlucky not to score. HH.

  11. Rye catcher



    Thanks for that. Never crossed my mind. Might change my bet……you know what will happen if I do !

  12. Awe naw



    How ye doing kiddo??? A wee bit of negativity on Phil’s blog? Not like you. You OK?



    Weefra HH supporting Wee Oscar.

  13. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    The rumour is Ledley to Crystal Palace for £750.000 but dont put your mortgage on it lol. H.H.

  14. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on







    Fletcher nearly made you eat your words. ;- )



    Hope you had as good a Christmas as possible and you annhilate this new year and make sure you go out of your way to enjoy yourself. At the very least at least try very hard. You have to promise to all of us that you will try.




  15. Joe Fillipi






    Ledley, SHOULD…well.. Go..n Ah hope he Wull..










    ,if He diz..






    Crystal Palace,wid suid Him Fine..



    Fur it is a Lead Pipe Cinch that He wullnae go tae Manchester United..or..even.. City!



    If the Palace, pey him ..mair,,,, than he is getting at Parkeheid..



    Ah don’t see why He widnae go There.







  16. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    ElDiegoBhoy. There is no chance we will resign Hooper he is in Celtics past and in our past he will remain. H.H.

  17. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Kojo. Celtic apparently have given him the choice to sign a new contract at Parkhead or move on to Palace it is his choice so we will see. H.H.

  18. joe filippis haircut



    19:43 on 28 December, 2013


    ElDiegoBhoy. There is no chance we will resign Hooper he is in Celtics past and in our past he will remain. H.H.



    Can we not make a song about that? :))



    Weefra HH supporting Wee Oscar.

  19. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    Who in their right mind would leave CFC for a relegation battle with Palace …utter madness

  20. Eldiegobhoy….



    Hooper playing well since coming back from injury and Norwich will be desperate for his goals to stay up, now he has established himself in the team.Also loved by the Canaries fans.



    He was subbed today but don’t know if he was injured or playing badly against Mankychester Scum.



    Would be very surprised if he came back but would take him in a heartbeat.

  21. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    19:36 on28 December, 2013



    Phil and Paul67 a pair of spin artists. Economical with the truth since the 5 way agreement and losing face big time as far as I am concerned. Its our fault for not accepting the preferred escape route for the huns conceived by the footballing bodies where we have the most influence. Phil and Paul67 both in synchronised flow. There lack of interest in resolution 12 is good enough for me never mind their lecturing tripe. Did seeking the truth and justice end with the 5 way agreement ? For PLs trusted information-communication conduits YES



    Expecting our support to take it ?? Well good luck with that one.



    Anyways …how are you ? A wet windy Christmas I hear. Hopefully a warm and welcoming new year to you and yours. I am happy to be on vacation work was a madhoose. My fault for taking three weeks vacation ? ;-)




  22. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    PFayr. It will be down to cash fella a tax paid lump sum up front and triple his salary is not to be sneezed at.Did Hooper not leave us for a relegation fight with Norwich City ? H.H..

  23. Ledley is an Imposter.



    Sure he Is.



    fir ..He sure Futs the Definition..o’ that ..Woid. ,,



    Tae, Ma Way of Thinkin’.



    He Pits in..Mebbe.. Ten.. Fifteen Mimutes.. Tops..of Hard Graft..in Maist Games..



    n in Ithers..He simply… Stauns Aboot and Gethers Moonbeams.



    Ah know.. Ah know.He his his Stickers oan Here..



    n so diz ,even .. Sammi…



    But.. Ah Am a Guy..



    Who awiz ..



    Tells it ..Like Ah see It..




    If ,Sammi or Ledley… Happen tae gie a Guid Performance.. well..




    Ah wull be the First tae Congratulate ’em..oan that..’







    In Ledley’s Case.. Ah hivnae Had Much of a Chance tae Gift wan of Them.. oan Him.



    Sammi..In Europe..?



    Yes..He Has earned n goat.. a Few Congratulatory Gifts fae Kojo,oan his Performances..









    Sammi, Jist disnae Thrill me ..At awe, at awe..





    Bread n Butter Contests..



    Na.. He jist Disnae.







  24. Awe_Naw



    We’re pretty decent. I think that’s sufficient for the blog. Stronger than we were and have had great support. Thank you and Hail Hail.



    Are you Mrs Brown?

  25. awe naw



    It’s all about opinions, and we are all entitled to them. I value your opinions as every other poster. :) We are all well, as I hope you are after them massages and a whoopee of a time you had with your family while on hols. Sobered up now I presume??? Yes the farm took a doing with the storms, but we are all well as are the poultry.



    Weefra HH supporting Wee Oscar.

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