Immediately it was confirmed Cardiff City had been promoted, I had high hopes for them. They had given Premier League status clubs like Liverpool a torrid time in the past; furthermore, they had been knocking on the door of the Premier League for sometime. With a rich and ambitious owner at the helm and a young but obviously talented manager steering the ship (Malky Mackay), I felt survival was the least the Welsh club could achieve.
On paper they had made some astute signings in Steven Caulker, Gary Medel and Peter Odemwingie; in addition players such as Craig Bellamy, Fraizer Campbell and Peter Whittingham had Premier League quality and only served to heighten my expectations.
By December they were in a respectable position and looked set to consolidate their position in the January transfer window, that is until the unthinkable happened: owner Vincent Tan committed a cardinal sin as far as ownership of a football club goes, he got far too involved.
Bizarre rumours started emerging that Tan felt manager Mackay had Cardiff playing negative football (debatable); that Cardiff had overspent on their budget (if so, surely Tan would have stopped the deals from happening in the first place?) And finally, that Mackay had underachieved with Cardiff (absolute nonsense).
With that said I had immediately reneged on my prediction for Cardiff that season and stated Cardiff would be relegated. It is said that no one is bigger than the club, if that is true then I will argue that the bigger the role in the club, the more an ego has to be checked, simply because the higher up the club you go, the more likely a person is to do damage to a club.
As it stood, Cardiff were relegated and I take no pleasure in stating Vincent Tan is 100% responsible for it. By the 16th fixture, Cardiff had clocked 17 points and on that rate they would have been safe. However, after Tan made his comments which occurred in the build up to the Liverpool game, Cardiff only accumulated 13 points from 22 games to end up dead last with 30 points.
Mackay's regime was far from perfect and in a sense I can understand some of Tan's views: the football played was not the best and in Andreas Cornelius, Cardiff made arguably the worst summer signing. Additionally, Mark Hughes gave Mackay a lesson in how to get the best out of Peter Odemwingie after his tenure at Cardiff was cut short.
However, he had the team working for each other and the fans behind his back. It was not spectacular but it was getting the job done. Tan's comments poisoned the atmosphere at Cardiff and reminded the fans why they hated him. When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came in, he was given a bit of cash to save a season spiralling out of control. Unfortunately, he could not. Even if Sir Alex Ferguson had been brought in, I doubt even he could save Cardiff from the Vincent Tan show.