Cardiff City: Vincent Tan's 5 Most Outrageous Moments

Joseph Dempsey@Joseph@whatculture!CorrespondentDecember 30, 2013

Cardiff City: Vincent Tan's 5 Most Outrageous Moments

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    Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan is not a popular character.

    Named recently as the “worst owner in sports” by American newspaper USA Today, Tan is currently public enemy No. 1 in Wales and considered one of the true villains of football.

    The reasons for this vary.

    Whether he's booing his own team, changing the "Bluebirds" kit colour to RED or questioning his goalkeeper's goalscoring rate, the madcap Malaysian has never been too far away from controversy since taking charge of Cardiff in 2010.

    No more so than this month, after he ordered likable manager Malky Mackay to hand in his resignation or be sacked for having the audacity to seek transfer funds in the upcoming January transfer window.

    Fans took to the streets in protest and let their feelings be known from the terraces but it was to no avail as Mackay was eventually axed on December 27, leaving the Premier League strugglers manager-less.

    Yet Tan's crazed actions don't end there, and here, B/R highlights the billionaire's 5 Most Outrageous Moments.

The No. 8 Comment

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    When the January transfer window opens later this week, every manager will have an idea of what type of player he is looking for. A rock-solid centre-half, a pacey fullback, a fancy winger or maybe a goal-getting centre-forward, coaches will be flipping through their scout's reports and calculating whether or not to make that big move.

    Where Vincent Tan is concerned, he isn't so fussy—as long as they have the number eight in their birth date, he's not too bothered whether they're actually any good or not.

    According to the Metro, Tan has informed Cardiff's board he'd prefer to buy players with 'eight' in their birth date, as the number is a respected one in Malaysia.

    Off that logic, we could soon be seeing Emile Heskey (11 January 1978) back in the topflight just a year on from his move to Australia outfit Newcastle Jets, or Luis Suarez (24 January 1987) backtrack on his new Liverpool deal in favour of a move to Wales.

    Or maybe not.

Asking Why David Marshall Isn't Scoring

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    With just 15 goals scored, Cardiff are the second-lowest goalscorers in the Premier League. Only Crystal Palace (12) have found the back of the net fewer times this season.

    So who should shoulder the blame? 

    Fraizer Campbell, who has scored just four? Peter Odemwingie, who has managed just the one strike? Or how about Andreas Cornelius, who has yet to open his account?

    According to Vincent Tan, it's David Marshall who isn't pulling his weight. 

    Tan is believed to have raised questions about the goalkeeper's goal-scoring rate as per 101 Great Goals and also wondered why the fullbacks weren't getting in on the action.

    This breathtaking lack of football knowledge really does no favours to the argument that football owners care about their clubs and have their best interests at heart.

    A recent survey found that fans across Europe said owners care more about cash than the matchday experience, as per The Daily Mirror.

Sacking Iain Moody

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    Long before Malky Mackay was given his marching orders, head of recruitment Iain Moody was the first to feel the full brunt of Vincent Tan's ruthlessness as he was inexplicably placed on "gardening leave".

    The loss of Moody, a close ally of Mackay, was a damaging blow, as he was responsible for bringing in the likes of Gary Medel and Steven Caulker in his scouting role.

    As reported by The Daily Mirror, Tan later claimed the reason for the dismissal was due to an overspend in the club's budget—something of which Mackay has denied—while the story plumped new depths of obscenity when unknown 23-year-old Kazakh Alisher Apsalyamov was handed the vacant role.

    As per the BBC, Apsalyamov's previous work experience at the club was painting the walls of Cardiff City Stadium prior to the appointment and had no experience in recruitment.

    Claims of bias also surfaced when it was revealed he was a close personal friend of Tan's son. He stepped aside from his role after less than a month due to a visa issue.

Changing the Club's Colours

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    In June 2012, Vincent Tan created his first real piece of controversy by ditching the club's historic Blue colours in favour of red garbs.

    Cardiff, nicknamed the 'Bluebirds,' had played in Blue for more than a century, until Tan decided to scrap 100 years of history because red holds a strong spiritual significance in Asia and is closely associated with prosperity, power and good fortune.

    In addition to the change of kit colour, the club's crest was also changed to feature a dragon, which also has importance in the far east.

    The changes were described by Cardiff's Malaysian owners as being a "major re-branding exercise" but has instead been deemed by most supporters as a betrayal to the club's identity and traditions.

Sacking Malky Mackay

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    Of all Vincent Tan's controversies, none come higher than the decision to axe manager Malky Mackay earlier this month.

    Mackay angered Tan by stating his intentions to sign new players in next month's transfer window, with Chief executive Simon Lim later issuing a statement on Tan's behalf saying that "not a single penny will be made available in January," as per the BBC.

    Tan would later demand that Mackay quit or be sacked as relations between manager and owner froze over and reached breaking point. 

    And though Mackay stayed in the job longer than expected after refusing to step down, his neck was on the chopping block when the Bluebird's 3-0 defeat to Southampton proved to be the tipping point.

    Yet Tan's decision to sack the likable Mackay was shameful, outrageous and wholly despicable—this is a man who led Cardiff to Premier League promotion for the first time in their very history, and he deserved better than this.

    But then, this is Vincent Tan. Who knows what he'll do next.

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