venerdì 22 agosto 2014
Maybe Vincent Tan was the hero and not the villain
So, maybe, Vincent Tan wasn’t the villain in this story. The breaking news that Malky Mackay and Ian Moody had exchanged text messages ‘disrespectful of other cultures’ during their time at Cardiff, despite the efforts of Moody and Mackay’s lawyers to get the story pulled, made Tan’s decision to sack his former manager in December 2013 more understandable. At that time Tan, the owner that invested as many as £150m into the club, was highly harassed by fans and media for the decision to sack the Scot manager replacing him with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. After his abrupt firing Mackay launched a legal claim against Tan for £7.5m, questioning his dismissal. But, later in May 2014, he was forced to drop the action and to apologize “without reservation” to Tan. Mackay was obviously trying to avoid a FA investigation. It didn’t work as Cardiff sent a 400-page dossier, including text messages and emails, to the FA. If true, the text messages put in a bad light both Moody and Mackay. At the same time, the offensive texts sent by Mackay, the improper language he utilized, which surely are a serious matter, risk to move to the background another point. In fact, Tan didn’t argue just the obscene text messages and their content but also the way former Cardiff City manager and head of recruitment spent his money. Under Moody and Mackay, Cardiff spent about £50m, with a large amount of cash burned in compensation paid to player's agents and other unnecessary, according to Tan, expenses. Above all, the failure of £11m striker Andreas Cornelius to make an impact with the team was highly questioned by the Cardiff’s owner. But other transfers too was scrutinized. That said, should those allegations be confirmed, they consequently will made hard for Mackay and Moody to find another job, as the next potential chairmen will have to think about all the potential controversies that could follow before to knock on their door. Crystal Palace’s quick decision to end the anticipated appointment of Mackay as replacement to Tony Pulis and Moody’s resignation from his post at Palace this Thursday, are both a clear signal in that sense. This is not just about the type of language Mackay utilized but also the unclear misconduct he had during the transfer market. So Moody and Mackay’s future in football is in jeopardy while the Daily Mail’s story seemed to prove that Tan wasn’t so wrong when he fired Mackay.