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Cardiff City: 5 Craziest Things Vincent Tan Has Done

9 Mar

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Vincent Tan is probably now the most infamous owner in the Premier League era. Since taking over the Welsh club in 2010, Tan has been centre of a number of high profile incidents involving his club.

Now in the top-flight of English football, his comments and actions are receiving a much higher focus than he has previously experienced. His Cardiff jersey and suit combo has become a recognisable feature in every game the Bluebirds play at home.

The man is hated by a large amount of his clubs fans and receives criticism across the footballing spectrum. However, there are many that are entertained by his actions and at times, his sheer lack of knowledge. I’m sure Swansea fans have made him an honorary icon.

The best thing about Vincent Tan is that these brilliant and outrageous moments don’t look like they are going to stop anytime soon. We await the next Tan moment and follow parody accounts on Twitter in our masses. The Malaysian owner can’t avoid the spotlight he has thrust himself in and the beam of light won’t be dimming for a while.

I present to you the top five crazy things Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has done.

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Man Utd Transfers – 5 January Signings To Get Back Into Title Race

24 Feb

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copyright Andrew Orchard

Manchester United are famously a club who don’t start playing well until the second half of the season. But as we approach the New Year, it is going to take something truly special for the Red Devils to successfully defend their Premier League title.

The English champions are a giant ten points adrift of league leaders Arsenal, while even a spot in the top four, and with it, Champions League football next season, looks iffy.

They said there would be a period of transition at Old Trafford when the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson retired, to be replaced by David Moyes, but even his successor wouldn’t have feared things would be this rough.

A poor pre-season campaign was swiftly followed by a dire period of inactivity in the summer transfer window and a worst ever start to a Premier League season for the Reds.

Eighth in the table, evidently, Moyes is going to have to splash the cash in the New Year and overhaul his squad of flops if he is to have even the remotest of hopes in salvaging his maiden season in charge.

And here, we take a look at 5 January Signings To Get United Back Into The Title Race.

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Cardiff New Manager: 5 Replacements For Malky Mackay

21 Feb

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Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay is on thin ice at the Welsh club.

Relations between Mackay and owner Vincent Tan are seemingly irreparable, after the 41-year-old insinuated he was looking to sign as many as three new players in the upcoming January transfer window.

Tan was said to be “extremely upset” by those comments, while chief executive Simon Lim said last week that “not a single penny” will be made available for signings in the New Year, with the Cardiff hierarchy publicly refusing to back the manager.

That was swiftly followed by Tan handing Mackay a deadly ultimatum – resign or be sacked – and though that has since been lifted, it is still ill treatment of a man who, earlier this summer, led the Welsh outfit into the Premier League for the first time in their history.

Mackay has been granted a stay of execution at Cardiff City Stadium after admirably refusing to walk out on the club, but you get the feeling his departure is only a question of ‘when’.

And, when said time comes, so too will the time to look for a successor for the Scotsman, with several names already in the frame to take over.

Here, we take a look at 5 Replacements For Malky Mackay.

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Man City: Is It Really A Crisis For Joe Hart?

2 Jan

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A lot has been made about Joe Hart’s recent performances, and it has left many question marks over the heads of not only Manchester City fans, but those of England to whether Joe Hart is the right man to be between the sticks when it comes up to the World Cup. I would be one of the first to say that Hart has more than a fair share of errors recently, but show me a goalkeeper who hasn’t had a bad patch in their career.

The ironic thing is that months ago, this was a keeper who was mentioned as one of the best in the world, but now every media outlet is attacking like vultures on how a string of errors means that he is no longer our best option for England, and deserved of a shake up in the City squad.

Throughout the article, I will be explaining both sides of the Joe Hart argument, and just overall shed some light on the situation with himself and the club & country he plays for. I hope you enjoy the read, and please share a/o comment. I would love to know your view.

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The media have somewhat of a vendetta against the top performers in English Football, and when they are going through a bad spell, or they have been naughty in the most minor of cases, they blow it wildly out of proportion. This is no secret with many famous faces from past & present who have had more than their fair share of views on just how savage the media are in England, and how they are of no benefit when it comes to confidence. Joe has been going on a bad spell of form, we get it, yet the media will go on about this for weeks to come. One example is within the last 2 weeks, and how Joe Hart put in some very good saves against CSKA Moscow in an environment that is fearsome to most players, and showed a lion heart performance that earned him the number 1 jersey for England and Manchester City to begin with. This performance was somewhat ignored by the media because he didn’t f*** up, and instead chose to focus on the racist chants made by the fans of CSKA. I believe that if he had made an error of any sort, that would have been all over the papers again and hitting all sports pages as the front cover.

Days later, Manchester City played against Chelsea, and once again Joe was under the spotlight. For those who don’t know, Manchester City lost 2-1 on the day, the winner coming off the back of a miscommunication between the faultless Matija Nastasic, and the waiting to be guillotined Joe Hart. Those who aren’t completely blind would have realised that Joe wasn’t alone in the making of that goal with Nastasic firstly letting the ball drop in a dangerous position, and then failing to deal with the ball in any way until it was too late. Nastasic however, isn’t English, so we’ll just forget about his part in that goal.

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Man Utd: 5 Huge Mistakes David Moyes Keeps Making

27 Dec

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If you’re looking for Manchester United in the Premier League table this morning, you might be alarmed by the fact you have to scroll all the way down to 8th.

That’s how things stand for the defending champions at present, following their worst ever start to a league campaign that has seen them win just three games all season.

Calamitous defeats against Liverpool, Manchester City and West Brom have interspersed with these unconvincing victories – with the Red Devils perhaps fortunate to leave the Stadium of Light with the three points against Sunderland earlier this month – while yet more points were dropped over the weekend against Southampton.

That leaves them eight points adrift of table-toppers Arsenal – For United, and their manager David Moyes, this simply isn’t good enough.

There was always bound to be a transitional period when Moyes succeeded from the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson earlier this year, but even the most pessimistic of United fans wouldn’t have feared it’d be this bad.

The Old Trafford club’s wretched start to the season can be pinned down to a number of reasons – tactical ineptitude from the dugout through to poor performances from the players – but it is Moyes who has to shoulder most of the blame.

Here, we take a look at 5 Huge Mistakes David Moyes Keeps Making.

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Arsenal Transfers: 5 Strikers Arsene Wenger Could Sign In January

26 Dec

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Arsenal may be flying high at the top of the Premier League, but manager Arsene Wenger must be aware that his side are worryingly short of strikers.

The injury to Lukas Podolski, ruling him out until the New Year, has balanced the Gunner’s pursuit of success this season on a knife’s edge.

An injury to the in-form Olivier Giroud, for example, would leave Wenger with no choice but to start out of favour Nicklas Bendtner, or deploy Mesut Ozil in a false 9 position.

The club’s injury crisis means they are also without Theo Walcott and Yaya Sanogo, two men who could stand in for Giroud.

This lack of depth in striking options invariably means Wenger will have to return to the transfer market when it reopens in January.

Arsenal tried frantically to get a striker on deadline day, with a loan deal for Chelsea’s Demba Ba falling through with hours to go, but they will surely try again in the winter window for a new attacker.

Stan Kroenke and the board have confirmed that Wenger will have money to spend in January, if he needs it, and with this in mind, WhatCulture looks at five strikers Arsene Wenger may look to purchase in January.

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Man Utd vs Real Sociedad: 5 Big Decisions Moyes Must Get Right

25 Dec

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These are tumultuous times for Manchester United.

Last weekend, yet more points were dropped in the Premier League as the defending champions stuttered to a draw over a rejuvenated Southampton, following three defeats in the topflight.

When put together, that equals the Red Devil’s worst ever start to a league campaign, and puts serious pressure on manager David Moyes.

The Scot will attempt to salvage something from the wreckage that is United’s recent form by moving one step closer to qualification to the knock-out stages of the Champions League tomorrow evening.

Spanish outfit Real Sociedad are the visitors, and United will be well aware that this is anything but an easy game, despite the opposition’s recent poor form.

Of their last 12 games against opposition from Spain, Moyes’s men have won only won two games – against Barcelona in April 2008 and Valencia in September 2010.

And so, if fans were hoping for an immediate reaction following the latest set-back in the league, they may have to think twice.

The pressure is on Moyes to deliver here, and one more mistake could prove the catalyst for a worrying slump for the champions.

Ahead of kick-off, the Scot has some important decisions to make, and here, we take a look at 5 he must get right.

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