Cardiff City fans are set to get a New Year’s boost from their club as maverick owner Vincent Tan orders a meeting to take place with unhappy supporters. The Cardiff City website announced the event, planned for Thursday, 8 January.
Cardiff City were taken over officially by Vincent Tan in May 2010. The Malaysian business man invested many millions into the South Wales club but in May 2012 this was stepped up when he told fans he would give the team £100m. Cardiff fans though would have to live with the decision to change the side’s colours from its traditional blue to red, causing outrage amongst the club’s support.
However the move took place and Cardiff were subsequently promoted to the Premier League. Things turned sour with then manager Malky Mackay, leading to his sacking in December 2013. After relegation back to the Championship, Ole Gunner Solskjaer was quickly sacked and replaced by current boss Russell Slade. Fans though have been calling for Vicent Tan to sell Cardiff City or at least return the colours to blue, a desire that has since increasing protests in recent months.
After just 4000 fans attended the home FA Cup tie to Colchester United on Friday evening, the club now feel conversations are needed with unhappy supporters groups leading to today’s announcement. The official statement included: “Cardiff City Football Club recognises that one of the key assets the Club has is its fan base. In recognition of their importance, Vincent Tan has asked Cardiff City Chairman Mehmet Dalman and CEO Ken Choo to invite a cross-section of supporters and stakeholders for a consultative meeting”
It continued: “The purpose of the consultation meeting is to give supporters an opportunity to openly share their views on a number of topics in relation to the Club.” This is certainly good news for Cardiff City fans but it does beg the question, will the board listen?
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