His spell with Leeds was briefer, but would prove to be much more turbulent. His first two years in Yorkshire were controversial, as he made alleged anti-semitic remarks about new Chelsea owners being “a bunch of shysters from Siberia”, per The Guardian. When the Blues lodged an official complaint to the FA, Bates’ charming retort was “I haven’t laughed so much since Ma caught her tits in a mangle”.
In 2007, the club went into administration. A consortium led by Bates bought the club back from administrator KPMG, although supporters remained unhappy that the former Chelsea man was still involved. The club found themselves down in the third tier of English football as the financial problems snowballed, and they began their first season in League 1 with a 15-point deduction.
Protests about Bates—who was the sole owner of the club in 2011—were commonplace at Elland Road and eventually, he sold Leeds to private equity group GFH Capital. He was instilled as an honorary president by the new owners, but was sacked over a dispute regarding his £120,000-a-year private jet, per the Mail Online.
With his pants hoisted up to his midriff, a neatly trimmed moustache and his Cardiff City jersey worn over the top of a business-like shirt, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Vincent Tan was something of a comedy figure. But during his stint as owner of the Welsh club, plenty of his decisions have been far from humorous by the Bluebirds faithful.
He took over the reigns in 2010 with promises aplenty, but supporters were enraged in 2012 when it was announced the club would be undertaking a rebrand that’d mean changing their kit color from blue to red. And while the plans were initially dropped amid a backlash from fans, the club went ahead with the changes just one month later.
Tan went on to create further controversy during his dispute with then manager Malky Mackay, a man who had steered Cardiff into the top tier of English football. The Malaysian businessman suspended the club’s head of recruitment Iain Moody amid claims of him going over budget on transfers; Tan replaced him with Alisher Apsalyamovby, a 23-year-old friend of his son who painted the stadium’s walls on work experience.
Mackay refused to walk away when Tan allegedly told him to “resign or be sacked”; the Scotsman received unanimous support from the Cardiff supporters and figures within the game, but he was dismissed and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. After his dismissal, the Bluebirds eventually sent a dossier to the FA regarding Mackay and Moody, in which it was alleged the pair had sent text messages containing homophobic, racist and sexist content.
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