Wednesday, December 25, 2013

OSG Prem: Vincent Tan Buys Into Bosnia, Still May Fire Mackay

((HT: Pro Soccer Talk/Farley))

Okay, the HQ admits to a little blending here...

Farley has come out with a piece where it has been announced that Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan... the same guy who went after Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay for telling people publicly that he wanted to improve his team by bringing in talent in the January transfer window... had apparently decided as far back as September that he was going to invest close to US$2-million into Bosnian soccer champion franchise FK Sarajevo...

From Farley- and it gets better:

According to outlets in Bosnia, Tan will not change the club colors, something he controversially did with his investment in Wales. While Cardiff City has historically worn blue, Tan changed the team’s main color to red, though the team continues to be colloquially referred to as the Bluebirds.

“We have signed an agreement which defines the investment and management rights in accordance to the club’s statute and legislation that is in force in Bosnia,” FK Sarajevo’s general director Dino Selimovic told Reuters, as reported by The Guardian.

Here's what FK Sarajevo and Zeljeznicar- the top two teams in the country's league this year- look like when they play each other

Now, the Cardiff City update...

Chairman Mehmet Dalman has admitted to Sky Sports that there are options that don't involve Mackay if the manager and owner can't get together to hash out their issues. Which is difficult since, according to Mackay, the two haven't met in three months. Mackay has also said that he has tried twice to have "peace talks," but has been shown the hand:

"Every effort that can be made is being made to allow the club to move forward. We will do everything humanly possible to maintain the status quo but if not we will move fast to repair the situation.

"If that means bringing in a new manager, we will, but for the time being, we believe that's premature and we will work together to fix the predicament we're in."

Mackay will not resign and here's the ultimatum...
((HT: Sky Sports))

So, Vincent Tan will spend money in Bosnia, but not in the Premier. He'll change team colors in the Premier, but not in Bosnia.

The HQ understands... completely...

Tan's ownership fits Bosnia perfectly and has no business being in the Premier League...

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