Monday, 9 May 2016

The twists and turns at Cardiff City F.C......

Saturday was a rare occasion where my gut feeling proved to be right. In my last post I suggested that Cardiff City's failure to reach the Championship play offs might signal the end of Russell Slade's tenure as Cardiff City's manager. On Friday it was confirmed that Saturday's game versus Birmingham City would be his last before he moves into his new ambiguously titled role as "Head of Football".  No one knows quite what this role will involve, except that he will no longer have any direct involvement with first team matters.  I was pleased to hear however that the fans gave him a warm reception on Saturday and hopefully the new coach can build on what he was able to achieve under often difficult circumstances.  Saturday also saw Cardiff City released from their transfer embargo so this now paves the way for City to bring in some new signings this summer.

Whoever comes in as our new head coach will be aware that anything less than the play offs will be seen as a failure by owner Vincent Tan  At the moment some of the prospective choices for Slade's replacement have been slightly underwhelming at best with Port Vale's manager Robert Page being rumoured as one of the preferred choices.  With further cost cutting on the horizon, it will be more difficult to have a real go at reaching the play offs next season.  With Aston Villa and potentially either Norwich City, Newcastle United or Sunderland to be relegated from the Premier League this season it will be much harder to compete against their budgets next season.

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