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.