Cardiff City: New ManagerBy: joel | June 7th, 2011
All good things must come to an end.*Apologies for late post (matters out of my control)*
The sad news surrounded South Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom earlier today, as Dave Jones was fired from his position as manager at Cardiff City. For me, it is very disappointing news. I am a huge fan of DJ and he will be thoroughly missed. What he brought to Cardiff can be described as arguably the best years of Cardiff City’s history. In 6 years he has battled to take us from relegation favourites to promotion favourites all on a shoe-string budget.
Although the arrival of Craig Bellamy, Jason Koumas and other big name players appeared to make us favourites for promotion, it wasn’t to be and our season winter blip inevitably cost us in my opinion. However, how can the club expect Cardiff City to retain a top 7 place again next season without a manager who can deal with limit resources? For any club which has limited resources (ie. finances, players), with the prospect of reaching the top flight, what type of manager would you want? A few can be named, but what Dave Jones has illustrated is why he should be top of that list. And we, Cardiff City, have just sacked him.
To elaborate on ‘shoe-string’ budget, Dave Jones has seen players leave his hands who are capable of being in the Premiership league club. Danny Gabbidon, James Collins and Robert Earnshaw are all players I would love to have back at Cardiff City and simultaneously, proved they can deal with what the Premiership offers, yet we sold them for as little as £5million combined. Today we are seeing Gareth Bale surrounded with a £40million price tag, however Aaron Ramsey (who arguably can become the best Premiership player ever) was sold for as little as £5million to Arsenal, who a year or so earlier bought Theo Walcott off Southampton for £12million. Roger Johnson is currently rumoured to be of interest to Liverpool, yet we sold him for the same price as Aaron Ramsey? Jones had no say in any of these and together with having a squad filled with donkeys such as Spencer Prior, Michael Ricketts and Lee Naylor – Jones has done terrifically and I would bet with a little money his way he would have done fantastically. You cannot build a squad around loan purchases as Norwich, Reading, Swansea have shown that team Cohesion is the foundation to success.
What Now? As much as it pains me to say, Swansea City is perfect example of needing to find the right manager. Roberto Martinez took them to the brink of play offs in their first season, he deservedly found himself in top flight football and then Paolo Sousa took them even closer, losing out on the final day of the season. And with him choosing to leave Swansea, they hired Brenden Rodgers, a decision which did not go down well with the South-West Wales fans however today they are competing for a Premiership place.