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