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. Just had a good read of my newly arrived CQN annual and am


    delighted to find my blog name below the ticket to the Seville game.


    I already have my own original framed in my personal Celtic Hall of Fame folder, so its great to see it shown in CQN’s Annual.



    HH to all CQNrs




  2. Hunskelper….



    If I was to think of a player in Celtic’s recent history , similar in ability and impact to Joe Ledley it would be someone like Stephen Pearson.




  3. Bournesoup….



    Why you not in Tap Shoap drinking Barchester Cream?



    Is it still there?

  4. ryecatcher



    20:35 on 28 December, 2013




    Exactly and what happened to him and to Liam Miller for that matter?

  5. Pfay


    No, not necessarily, it’s just addressed to those who come on here with an agenda!


    I will not brooke character assasination of any Celtic player on here.


    It is unnecessary, and if those who contribute to this type of behaviour, no nothing about




    There is an unwritten law among those who live in the football world, you never debase ANY,


    player, currently playing, at any LEVEL, and if you don’t know that, then you are ONLY a fan!


    Nothing wrong with being only a FAN!, YOU, only want the best for yourself and your club!


    YOU don’t have an agenda! For most of you it is a pleasure to be there, to belong, to be a part of something, you have the right to be disappointed, you have the right to criticise anyone involved in the running of the Club,or who are on the Playing Staff. Where you and I differ, is when you put that in writing, in a Public Domain!, ANY Public Domain!




    Ledley is off, money talks and Celtic don’t have enough. Also Joe made a financial decision when he left his boyhood favourites and came to Glasgow. He’ll do the same again.



    Samaras is a different kettle of fish, he has been down south and failed. Celtic gave him the opportunity to resurrect his career. He is a professional football player and money provides the ultimate lure for most, but the security of a club were he is valued (at the moment anyway) may be a factor. In short the big guy’s confidence suffered in Manchester, he may not be willing to gamble again.

  7. Clashcity Bhoy



    Ah am Gled that Ye agree wi Me.. oan That,pal..



    Not Many,oan Here, Dae..



    Oh..there is a few, no doot.. but the Preponderance of Opinion.. speaks. Otherwise..




    Neil, Has a Strike Force..right Noo.. Which is






    No a Strike Force.. at awe,at awe!









    In Kojo’s Opinion..



    Wan of the reasons,fur that sorry state of affairs.. Mark, me.. Ah said



    WAN,of the Reasons fur that Sorry State of affairs ..






    Oor.. Present Complement of Mid Fielders..are no.. daeing ..,



    The Maist Important Part of Thur Joabs ,in a Precise Manner..’




    Oor Middy is Not An ENGINE ROOM.. n



    A Middy, First n Foremost.. Must be the Engine Room from Where..



    The Bullets ur Forged… in the Furnaces..



    In Short..



    OOR Strikers are Getting.. GEY Few Bullets tae use as Ammunition.. in thur Pursuits


    in the Goal Trail..




    Celtic, are ,Instead..



    Relying oan .. WINGERS.. tae Provide that Ammunition.






    Sometimes.. Oor Wingers Dae… that


    when They Provide.. Nice n Easy scoring opportunities fae Thur Crosses..



    but,, Mostly They jist Cross over a Bunch of Duds..



    A successful. TEAM.. In EURO COMPETITION.. must have…. A Busy Bee Mid Field..



    composed of Workers n… Providers of Honey..



    Fur the Strikers tae Sup..up.






    Presently, Cetlic’s Middy..is Full of Dreary.. tippy tappy, back n Forth .. the Middle of the Park….LAZY DRONES.. no Bees!



    Yes, Virginia..



    Celtic Need tae get shot of Their Present Mid Fielders..



    Broonie.. Ah wid Keep.. but the Rest..



    Even.. Commons.. Ah wid Ditch.



    Celtic’s Trouble,in no scoring Too many goals..is the Result of an Inconsistent..



    and Mostly.. Silent.. Mid Field..




    Which is No Help at all in breaking doon a Stuffy Ten Man Defensive Lineup..





    Still ,Laughin

  8. Kris Boyd has scored more goals than our combined strike force this season.




  9. Professor Green on

    joe filippis haircut



    With respect, you are talking nonsense when you say that Joe Ledley would be offered £60 thousand a week at crystal palace. I don’t think anyone at palace is on that type of money, and there is no way Ledley would be offered that

  10. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Professor Green. I may well be correct I may well be talking nonsense I am happy with where the figures came from. We will have to wait and see what transpires.H.H.

  11. Ledley has been playing well within himself since the hun died.He will stick it out til summer for another Bosman.He won’t risk a relegation battle either.

  12. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on

    Saint Stivs



    Nae goallie’s in those days



    EDB and Pfayr are the sharp dressed men

  13. Soup…..



    Remember Chic Charnley made him look like a sixty five quid player on his debut.




  14. hun skelper…






    19:27 on 28 December, 2013



    You’ll be here annoying everybody for years to come mate hh



    You keep saying the prayers buddy. Lol



    Weefra HH supporting Wee Oscar.

  15. Instead of collecting more players,we might be better trying a different formation and style of play.

  16. Professor Green on

    joe filippis haircut



    60k? He will be lucky to be offered Half of that but with a healthy signing on fee. I think you are overestimating what Joe brings to the party. A good solid pro who weighs in with the occasional goal,in Scotland, nothing else.

  17. Kris Boyd has scored more goals than our combined strike force this season.






    And he’s still an odious git. :)



    Weefra HH supporting Wee Oscar.

  18. Stivs



    ….second row, 3rd from right, Owen Archdeacon seated next to Nubar Sarkis Gulbenkian…………

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