Mr. Tan, when will you learn to keep your mouth shut?
The Malaysian owner of Championship side Cardiff City is in the news again, this time talking about, what else: managers.
First, Tan spoke out against Malky Mackay, who managed Cardiff City from 2011-2013 and had a publicly toxic relationship with the club’s owner. Mackay was recently in line for the managerial position at Crystal Palace, but was removed from consideration amidst allegations of homophobic and racist text messages sent during his time at Cardiff.
I had no sympathy for him after what he had done. He is the man responsible for us being relegated… [He had] £50m to buy players so that we don’t get relegated. We spent more money than Hull and Palace and we got relegated.”
Mackay managed Cardiff back to the Premier League, becoming a local hero in Wales. When Tan and Mackay publicly feuded and eventually parted ways, Tan’s image to club’s supporters was tarnished.
However, Tan had some choice words for those who don’t support him.
They only think the manager got us up. They never think about the owner giving him money, that’s not important. Maybe they should meet a poor owner then they would know. Try to get promoted without any money, then they would know.”
After breaking down one manager, Tan began recruiting another, this time Leyton Orient’s Russell Slade. Tan called for Slade to come to Cardiff where he has big plans for the reigning League One Manager of the Year. Tan says he wants Slade to stay with the club as long as Arsene Wenger has been with Arsenal (that’s 18 years).
But considering Cardiff’s previous manager only lasted eight months, eighteen years might be a little stretch, Mr. Tan…