Meet Vincent Tan, the Malaysian businessman who happens to own Cardiff City of the English Premier League. Tan also is one of the most fashionable men in the world of rich guys who own sports franchises. Take a moment to get a real good look at this guy, how has the jersey tucked-in over the shirt-and-tie look not caught on? Jerry Jones and Robert Kraft are slacking.
Tan, however, is probably more like the late George Steinbrenner, with a dash of 1970s James Bond villain.
Since taking over majority control of the club in 2011, Tan decided on a massive re-branding. Gone were the club’s century-old blue uniforms — and Blue Birds nickname — replaced with a generic red look and a dragon, in hopes of greater appeal in Asia.
Tan has kept up the crazy, reportedly unhappy with manager Malky Mackay during the club’s first season in the English Premier League. Cardiff sits in 15th place with 17 points — four clear of the relegation zone. Cardiff have been quite respectable during the season, defeating Manchester City and winning the South Wales Derby against Swansea.
Good, but not good enough for Tan, who is expected to fire Mackay sometime after Saturday’s game with Liverpool concludes.
The English media have quickly jumped to Mackay’s defense, while questioning Tan’s motives as well as the motives of most owners in the Premier League and their obsession with changing managers.
In wake of news that Mackay is on the verge of being fired, somebody dug up this amazing Vine from the conclusion of Cardiff’s win over Manchester City game in August.
Mesmerizing. It’s gotta be the mustache, right?