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.
Heading into his second stint in the Premier League, Burnley boss Sean Dyche said there is a different feeling this time around after a “business-like” season at Turf Moor.
The expectation rises from everyone, the money available to the club for its future – all of the things that it brings.
The mentality of the players has been firm all year. We were questioned heavily around Christmas, but I never blinked.
I knew what we were about, I knew the group we’d got, I knew the mentality and I knew we could go all the way.
Last time we were under the radar, it was a fairytale. This one was organized, it was business-like and it was well-fashioned from all involved, especially the players.
If Burnley was questioned at Christmas, they certainly had an answer. After losing to Hull City on Boxing Day, the Clarets have gone unbeaten in 22 matches to climb to the top of the Championship table.
Burnley’s campaign this season has been eerily similar to their last promotion to the PL after the 2013-14 season. If the Clarets win their final game next weekend, they will finish with an identical record from 2014 of 26-15-5, good for 93 points. Dyche’s next job will be keeping Burnley up, as they have been relegated after each of their previous three seasons in the top flight.
We know how they got here, but an interesting question is which moment will live in your memory when you’re reminded of Leicester’s run?
Game 5 — Dyer win Derby in stoppage
It had been a remarkable early season for Claudio Ranieri‘s troops when the Foxes came back from a 2-0 deficit against Midlands rivals Aston Villa, and substitute Nathan Dyer capped off the 3-2 win in style.
Game 14 — Vardy sets a Premier League record
Ruud van Nistelrooy taking a backseat to Jamie Vardy was unfathomable even a month beforehand, but Vardy’s goal gave him a Premier League record 11-straight matches with a goal (and all in one season). Not bad for the man deemed too old by a 2.Bundesliga team.
Game 25 — Blowout at the Etihad
Certainly many had this date circled as the beginning of a downturn for Leicester, but Riyad Mahrez dazzled while Robert Huth scored a pair of goals in a 3-1 ride past Manchester City on the road. It was on.
Game 27 — Ulloa starts earthquakes
Leicester looked destined to somehow find a draw from a dominant performance when Leonardo Ulloa lifted the Foxes to a late win over Norwich, causing mini earthquakes at the King Power Stadium.
Game 34 — Chaos at King Power
A game easily categorized in short, insane outbursts, or just the name Jon Moss
Vardy sent off for diving ?!? Penalty to West Ham for what?!? Penalty to Leicester for what?!?
LONDON (AP) The English Football Association has charged Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini and Leicester defender Robert Huth with violent conduct after they clashed during a Premier League game at the weekend.
Fellaini reacted to getting his hair pulled by Huth by appearing to strike the defender with his elbow as they jostled at a set-piece during the 1-1 draw between the teams on Sunday.