Is Vincent Tan the worst owner in sports history?

imageFashion and running a sports team are not two of Tan’s strong suits. (Photos courtesy of Action Images)

Cardiff City’s Vincent Tan has quickly become the most enigmatic and despised owner in all of sports, and he might only be getting started.

In just one week, the Malaysian billionaire sacked well-liked manager Malky Mackay, booed his own players off the field following Cardiff’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland, publicly toyed with the idea of renaming the club “Cardiff Dragons,” and now, to top it all off, reportedly asked the board to buy new players with the number “eight” in their birth-dates.

No word yet on if Tan was just trying to ruin Cardiff fans’ holidays.

His latest brilliant idea — sure to only instill more confidence that the club is heading in the right direction — stems from the fact that the number “8” is linked to good fortune in many Malaysian communities.

Sounds reasonable. Everyone knows that when it comes to buying in the transfer window, one simply needs good luck, not necessarily good football players. 

We probably should have seen this coming. A year ago, Tan changed the club’s crest and traditional blue home colors to red — an unthinkable act for fans of any team, let alone to those who still refer to their team as the ‘Bluebirds’ — mainly because he liked red, and figured it would help sell more of the team’s kits in Asia. (There is no data on how many Malaysians even know who Cardiff City are).

Don’t look now, but soon enough Tan may ask the Cardiff Dragons to play a portion of their home games in Kuala Lumpur, or that all players must ride their shorts up to their armpits. Anything is possible under Tan, the worst owner in sports.


imageCardiff fans are… not too pleased over their current ownership situation.


Did Cardiff owner Vincent Tan boo his club after draw vs. Sunderland?


Needless to say, Vincent Tan is not a popular figure in Cardiff, Wales at the moment.

Ever since the Malaysian self-made billionaire purchased a controlling share of the Welsh club in 2010, Tan has become a lighting-rod of controversy from the start; most-notably when he announced the club would be changing its club colors from blue to red, followed by his recent decision to relieve beloved manager Malky Mackay of his duties after a much-publicized ultimatum via email.

Fast forward to Saturday when Tan was caught by cameras appearing to boo his own players after Jack Colback scored a dramatic equalizer to help Sunderland draw Cardiff 2-2 in their Premier League clash. The Dragons’ owner gesture went viral on social media:

Tan’s latest act will surely not endear him to Cardiff CIty fans anytime soon. Earlier in the week, a group of 200 Cardiff supporters gathered outside Cardiff City Stadium before the Boxing Day 3-0 defeat against Southampton to protest against Tan.



Images courtesy of Action Images / Thomson Reuters.

H/T 101GG and USA Today.