Not very Jol-ly 22/07/2010Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2010/11.
Tags: Dave Jones, Fulham, Hull, Leicester, Martin Jol, Nigel Pearson, Paulo Sousa, Swansea
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I’m a bit frightened to open my web browser these days. Will the headline “Dave Jones appointed Fulham’s new manager” be what greets me?
With the current transfer embargo I haven’t been too hopeful of reading of any new Cardiff signings lately, but who would have thought that the faith of Martin Jol would become so interesting for Cardiff City supporters? He’s the manager of Ajax and not anywhere near being a candidate for becoming manager of the Bluebirds, but in these times of managerial merry-go-rounds, the turmoil and financial uncertainty at our club and the success and reputation of Dave Jones, any managerial vacancy in the Championship and the Premier League this summer has been cause for concern (apart from the Liverpool job perhaps, as it’s unlikely both that Jones would be offered that job and that he would take it being the Evertonian he is).
The news today that Jol is not becoming Fulham’s new manager even though he’s agreed personal terms paired with the bookies now holding Dave Jones as favorite to land the job is worrying. The word crisis has been used in conjunction with Cardiff already during the close season, so if Jones is to suddenly leave we’ll have to come up with an even stronger word to describe the situation for Cardiff.
It was good to see Hull going for Nigel Pearson in stead of Dave Jones as their new manager (although I’m pretty sure Mr. Jones wouldn’t have been interested in that job anyway), and it was even better to see the Jacks lose their “managerial prodigy” Paulo Sousa to the Foxes as Pearson’s replacement. Sousa’s following comments:
“I am delighted to be here, it is a great club with great supporters and a rich history and I am very excited by the challenge.”
“The club has a fantastic stadium with great facilities and I am very much looking forward to working with the players.”
…reads to me as a Cardiff City fan as:
“I’m so glad to have got away from Swansea, it is a crappy club with bad supporters and not much of a history and I wasn’t excited by being their manager.”
“The club has a terrible stadium lacking in facilities and I hated working with the players.”
I think this is the first time I agree with you on something, Paulo!
Fulham say they have a shortlist and will act fast, so I guess there won’t be many days until we know whether or not the Cottager’s new boss has firstname Dave and surname Jones. It’s a bit comforting to see that City today say that there hasn’t been any approach for Jones yet by Fulham, but if they ring him tomorrow morning then that’s of course worth squat. Let’s hope they go for the (in my opinion) highly overrated Sven Göran Eriksson in stead!
Vuvuzelas, red devils and all things evil 21/07/2010Posted by NB in Cardiff City.
Tags: Cardiff City Stadium, Dato Chan Tien Ghee, Sam Hammam, TG, vuvuzela
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I’m glad that vuvuzelas are banned from the Cardiff City Stadium. Hopefully they won’t be seen or – more importantly – not heard anywhere during the upcoming season.
A bit more unexpected are the news that religious leaders in Malaysia calling for a ban on among other things Manchester United shirts because of the red devil in the Red Devils’ crest. No wonder TG opted for Cardiff City with our innocuous Bluebird! The situation could have been different if Sam Hammam had succeeded in replacing the Bluebird with a dragon (or are dragons maybe acceptable in Islam?). Yet another reason (albeit the least important one) to keep Sam away from returning to our club!
Heaton: from fifth to second 15/07/2010Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2010/11.
Tags: David Marshall, Tom Heaton
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I was pleased to see Tom Heaton arrive as replacement for Peter Enckelman. The Finn sadly has proved to not be good enough and in Heaton I feel Cardiff have brought in a decent cover for David Marshall.
There are however two things that puzzles me.
Firstly, seemingly fifth choice at Manchester United (behind Van Der Saar, Foster, Kuszczak and Amos), why did the club offer him a new contract?
Secondly, having turned down the contract offer, why did Heaton decide to go to Cardiff where he is destined to be number two behind Marshall in stead of going somewhere where he’d be first choice between the post?
I guess he must be confident he can seriously challenge Marshall for a place in the starting line up, but for me that sounds unlikely. For the first season at least.
I’m glad Heaton opted for Cardiff though as it’ll keep Marshall on his toes.
Bye, bye, Joe 13/07/2010Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2010/11.
Tags: Celtic, Craig Bellamy, Joe Ledley
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So the dreaded day has come. Joe Ledley is no longer a Cardiff City player.
I’m disappointed to see him leave.
Firstly because he’s a Cardiff lad and our current longest serving player.
Secondly because of his obvious footballing qualities.
Thirdly for joining Celtic of all clubs, and I don’t primarily say that because of the compensation money City apparently will miss out on since he’s moving to a club that’s footballing wise abroad. I don’t like him joining Celtic because I feel he should have gone somewhere better and by that I mean the Premier League. “Celtic is a big club”, “He’ll get the chance to play in Europe” bla, bla. Cardiff is also a big club. The Scottish Premier League is of no higher standard than the Championship.
Having said that I’m glad he didn’t join one of the smaller Premier League clubs like Stoke or W.B.A. either. I would have liked to see him join if not one of the “big four” at least a club like Aston Villa, Everton or Tottenham.
Choosing to join Celtic I actually question both his ambitions and his feelings for Cardiff City. If Cardiff have offered him an improved contract, why couldn’t he have stayed for another season and hopefully help us get promoted? I know most people will disagree, but if not even Joe Ledley’s allegiance to his hometown club runs deeper than it obviously does then will we ever see a player putting his feelings for a club before earning a few quid more elsewhere? Maybe Craig Bellamy will!
Anyway, good luck in Scotland, Joe!