Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan is certainly one of the more eccentric owners to ever run a Premier League side.
This latest tale will only further add to his legend.
Following Cardiff’s humiliating 3-0 defeat at home to Crystal Palace last weekend, which leaves the Bluebirds languishing at the bottom of the PL standings and staring relegation to the Championship square in the face, Malaysian owner Tan wanted answers.
Accusations of espionage and rumblings of Cardiff’s tactics being leaked have since followed, with reports from the Associated Press stating that an analyst at Cardiff has been fired and another staff member is under investigation as the internal search for the mole continues.
Tan is a busy man, as the owner that many poke fun at, and often depict as a Bond villain, is now accusing others of spying. You can’t make this stuff up.
This tale takes an even greater twist as Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman has reported the incident to the Premier League, as Cardiff ‘s former head of recruitment Iain Moody is the man at the center of this scandal because he is now the director of football at Palace. It is alleged that Moody got hold of Cardiff’s starting lineup and helped Palace manager Tony Pulis mastermind the Eagles’ big win over relegation rivals Cardiff. Moody has strongly denied any wrongdoing, but the PL have vowed to look into any information Cardiff have collected.
In yet another intriguing story, Tan never seems to be too far from controversy as Cardiff’s eventful spell in the top-flight looks to be ending after just one season. Maybe if Tan spent more time worrying about the playing and coaching staff instead of other off-field issues, then his team wouldn’t be heading towards the second-tier.
Spying in the PL, fancy sunglasses, leather gloves and comically high trousers… This man Tan is fulfilling those stereotypes surrounding his character. All he needs now is to turn up with a white cat on his lap in the directors box and he’s set.
Jurgen Klopp is on his way to Liverpool to sign a contract naming him the next coach of the Reds.
The celebrated manager, 48, has been on “hiatus” from football since leaving Borussia Dortmund last season.
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Reports starting emerging earlier today that an agreement was imminent, and now the BBC is among those reporting that Klopp will be rolled out Friday morning.
From the BBC:
No contract has yet been signed but that is viewed as a formality when Klopp arrives in Liverpool later on Thursday. He will be officially unveiled by Liverpool on Friday morning at 10:00 BST.
There’s not much to say besides this: Klopp’s addition to the Premier League will give more color and brilliance to the country’s footballing scene. Only a certain class of manager can be instantly expected to find a better system for an inherited group of players.
This could and should be a game changer on Merseyside.
It was a mere 48 hours ago that Lionel Messi looked close to in the clear when it came to tax evasion charges.
Now the question is whether a Spanish court will lock away the greatest active footballer, as a judge rejected the prosecutors’ (!!!) request to drop the charges.
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Messi and his father have already made a $5.5 million corrective payment, but there’s principle in play here. And the judge wants to know how Messi can claim he had no idea what was being done with his money.
From the BBC:
Lawyers acting on behalf of the tax authorities demanded 22-month jail sentences for both defendants.
“There are rational signs that the criminality was committed by both accused parties,” wrote the judge in a court filing, according to the AFP news agency.
Can you imagine one of the world’s richer men ending up in a Spanish prison? It’s very difficult to consider. In some ways it’s more plausible that he would buy his own island and start the “Messi Isle Premiership”.
Still, we won’t laugh off the idea, especially with FIFA apparently going down. Messi in prison. That’s something. Sepp in Switzerland. Lionel in Spain.