PEARLMAN SAYS: Cardiff City problems could impact on Newport County

South Wales Argus: TOUGH TIMES: Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay TOUGH TIMES: Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay

WE need to talk about Cardiff City.

Before Newport County fans get out their pitch forks - save them for when winter really arrives - it's clear that the current shenanigans in the capital have consequences for the Exiles.

I'm only too aware that some Newport fans reading this will be rubbing their hands with glee at the drama and don't believe mention of the Bluebirds is justified around these parts, but I strongly disagree.

Frankly, Cardiff City are the only story in town in regards to South Wales football this week and the implications of their boardroom meltdown definitely impact Justin Edinburgh's plans for this season and beyond.

It's clear that Malky Mackay is being treated appallingly by Vincent Tan, the club owner who in the past week took his reputation in British football from that of eccentric to Bond villain, inclusive of the dark glasses and natty attire.

I frankly preferred his Simon Cowell suited and booted with trousers at armpit level look with his resplendent red shirt over the top, but this isn't about sartorial elegance.

I'm a little caught in two minds as to how to feel about Cardiff's current predicament, with manager Malky Mackay being given an ultimatum to resign or be fired before earning at least a temporary reprieve on Sunday.

But we know from the sacking of Iain Moody and from his public proclamations of dissatisfaction that relations with Tan and Mackay are irreparably damaged, the terrific job done by the Scot failing to meet Tan's impossibly high aspirations.

The act of defiance from the Bluebirds fans -whoops, we aren't supposed to call them that in case it throws into chaos the plans for dominance in Asia over Manchester United and Liverpool by wearing red - was heartening.

Cardiff's supporters left the owner of their club in little doubt as to where their loyalties lie.

However, while it was an admirable stand and received maximum exposure coming as it did at media darlings Liverpool and Anfield, there is an element of this all being too little, too late.

It seems there is more of an outcry to Tan threatening to sack a popular manager than there was when he threatened to change the club colours and then lied about it when he was challenged, his initial U-turn nothing more than lip service.

However, when things are going well and the club is climbing into the Premier League, it's easy to turn a blind eye and tolerate things you might not like.

What's changed now? How can the essence of the club being altered not be a deal breaker, but the removal of one individual cause such a mammoth outcry?

However, from the County perspective, any stay of execution for Mackay can only be good news. That isn't up for debate.

Justin Edinburgh's best friend in football is Cardiff's assistant manager David Kerslake and he also has a close friendship with Mackay.

That relationship is beneficial enough in terms of idea sharing and a good dialogue, but in recent times it's been more than that.

The signing of Adedeji Oshilaja has been really key to the Exiles and there is hope at Rodney Parade that the deal can be extended for the entire campaign.

Hope, one would imagine, that Mackay and Kerslake will still be in position to sanction such a deal, and potentially others down the line.

Historic rivalries aside, Newport can do a lot worse than be an unofficial feeder club for the Bluebirds at this present time, the place where Cardiff's best youngsters can get their start in the Football League to everyone's benefit.

However, if Tan gets his wish - and surely no one doubts his wish is still to have his own man appointed manager - who knows where that leaves Newport's relationship with Cardiff?

It's interesting to guess how this process will play out with the battle lines drawn and Tan in no doubt he no longer has the supporters on his side.

Yet still, it's a little surprising he won't just bite the bullet and pay Mackay his compensation and sever ties. In the course of Cardiff's season, this period of uncertainty has yielded only a point or two and come the end of the season, that could prove fatal.

A sad situation, but one we've seen many, many times before.

It's a matter for incredulity that so many extremely successful businessmen - and Tan is certainly one of them - can make such perplexing decisions when they take charge of a football club.

It's unquestionably the fans that suffer. But whether or not Cardiff's protest and a genuine reaction from the Cardiff press has come in time, it seems doubtful indeed.

Cardiff needed a saviour and they desperately wanted Tan to be the right man to lead them to the Promised Land, ignoring all the warning signs that he wasn't, swallowing their principles for a shot at the big time. It's understandable.

However, sometimes, you must be really careful what you wish for.

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7:31am Tue 24 Dec 13

county mad says...

Tan has a massive ego and imo he thinks he can manage the team and has tried to instuct Malky during matches,Malky ignored him,and that is probably whst is at the root of this.UP THE COUNTY!!!!!
Tan has a massive ego and imo he thinks he can manage the team and has tried to instuct Malky during matches,Malky ignored him,and that is probably whst is at the root of this.UP THE COUNTY!!!!! county mad

12:05pm Tue 24 Dec 13

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

There's an old proverb " Fear what you desire most ". Now that Cardiff have sold their souls, they're beginning to realise the implications and naturally don't like it. I'm afraid it's too late though, long term Tan will do what he likes.
There's an old proverb " Fear what you desire most ". Now that Cardiff have sold their souls, they're beginning to realise the implications and naturally don't like it. I'm afraid it's too late though, long term Tan will do what he likes. lowandhardandinthecorner

9:24pm Tue 24 Dec 13

foxy3rd says...

What's all this to do with the County?
What's all this to do with the County? foxy3rd

3:26pm Wed 25 Dec 13

dky1899 says...

lowandhardandintheco
rner
wrote:
There's an old proverb " Fear what you desire most ". Now that Cardiff have sold their souls, they're beginning to realise the implications and naturally don't like it. I'm afraid it's too late though, long term Tan will do what he likes.
.....better than you lot who sold the stadium, the team name, the kitchen sink and then paid the local businesses and the taxman 5p in the £.

Tan has funded CCFC to the sum of £150m and has given Malky £70m to spend over two seasons, He's also currently funding an extension to the stadium, So Malky hasn't been treated as badly as he would want us to believe. AVB was treated far worse but he was sacked without hardly a mention from the media.
[quote][p][bold]lowandhardandintheco rner[/bold] wrote: There's an old proverb " Fear what you desire most ". Now that Cardiff have sold their souls, they're beginning to realise the implications and naturally don't like it. I'm afraid it's too late though, long term Tan will do what he likes.[/p][/quote].....better than you lot who sold the stadium, the team name, the kitchen sink and then paid the local businesses and the taxman 5p in the £. Tan has funded CCFC to the sum of £150m and has given Malky £70m to spend over two seasons, He's also currently funding an extension to the stadium, So Malky hasn't been treated as badly as he would want us to believe. AVB was treated far worse but he was sacked without hardly a mention from the media. dky1899

8:21pm Thu 26 Dec 13

franklee64 says...

dky1899 wrote:
lowandhardandintheco

rner
wrote:
There's an old proverb " Fear what you desire most ". Now that Cardiff have sold their souls, they're beginning to realise the implications and naturally don't like it. I'm afraid it's too late though, long term Tan will do what he likes.
.....better than you lot who sold the stadium, the team name, the kitchen sink and then paid the local businesses and the taxman 5p in the £.

Tan has funded CCFC to the sum of £150m and has given Malky £70m to spend over two seasons, He's also currently funding an extension to the stadium, So Malky hasn't been treated as badly as he would want us to believe. AVB was treated far worse but he was sacked without hardly a mention from the media.
dky LOVE your post, it will put a few noses out of joint and im glad u said it before me
[quote][p][bold]dky1899[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lowandhardandintheco rner[/bold] wrote: There's an old proverb " Fear what you desire most ". Now that Cardiff have sold their souls, they're beginning to realise the implications and naturally don't like it. I'm afraid it's too late though, long term Tan will do what he likes.[/p][/quote].....better than you lot who sold the stadium, the team name, the kitchen sink and then paid the local businesses and the taxman 5p in the £. Tan has funded CCFC to the sum of £150m and has given Malky £70m to spend over two seasons, He's also currently funding an extension to the stadium, So Malky hasn't been treated as badly as he would want us to believe. AVB was treated far worse but he was sacked without hardly a mention from the media.[/p][/quote]dky LOVE your post, it will put a few noses out of joint and im glad u said it before me franklee64

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