How Vincent Tan’s reign has unfolded at Cardiff City
Malaysian has overseen a tumultuous reign since buying the Welsh club.
May 27, 2010 Peter Ridsdale surrenders control of Cardiff City as Tan joins the board and appoints Dato Chan Tien Ghee as chairman.
June 17, 2011 Cardiff appoint Malky Mackay as manager.
May 7, 2012 Cardiff lose in the play-offs and shortly after the club confirm the team shirts are to change from blue to red, to broaden appeal in the Far East, where red means good luck. The crest is also to be changed from a bluebird to a dragon as Tan promises to invest £100 million in the club.
Sept 30, 2012 Tan replaces chief executive Alan Whiteley with his lieutenant, Simon Lim.
April 16, 2013 Cardiff are promoted to the Premier League with Mackay thanking Tan for his efforts.
Aug 15 After spending £35million on players, Tan says: “We expect the manager and his squad to do the best and keep us there.”
Oct 5 Reports claim manager Mackay had to intervene in a bonus dispute between Tan, Lim and the players.
Oct 8 Cardiff are widely ridiculed for replacing recruitment chief Iain Moody with Alisher Apsalyamov – a friend of the Tan family who had been doing work experience at the club. Apsalyamov, a Kazakh, later has to step down because of visa problems.
Oct 14 Mackay remains in charge after a five-hour board meeting.
Oct 18 Mackay denies reports that either Tan or Lim asked him to resign and refutes suggestions that he overspent during the summer.
Nov 3 Cardiff beat Swansea in the South Wales derby and fans unfurl banners saying “Tan Out.” They also chant “We’ll always be blue.” Tan responds by saying “Always be red!”
Dec 16 Lim issues a statement on behalf of Tan, berating Mackay for saying he wanted to sign three players. Tan adds that “not a single penny” will be made available because of a “summer overspend of £15 million.”