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'Hands-Off Chopra' - But Are Cardiff City Serious?

'Hands-Off Chopra' - But Are Cardiff City Serious?

Cardiff City are under new management so to speak with the departure of Peter Ridsdale under the new regime of TG and his fellow Malaysian investors. That move also saw the introduction of a new Chief Executive in Gethin Jenkins. So far, he has picked up mixed reviews but gained support from many quarters after speaking out to dismiss speculation linking Michael Chopra with a move away from the club.

Michael Chopra is a natural goalscorer and is a prize commodity in the Championship. We would certainly be looking at 20+ goals as a realistic target and there are few such strikers available for less than £5m. Nevertheless, Cardiff City fans (and Dave Jones) have become accustomed to seeing top players routinely undersold over the summer months. The receiving clubs of the likes of Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Cameron Jerome, Roger Johnson (both Birmingham City) and Glenn Loovens (Celtic) have all picked up bargains simply because we were in a poor financial state. Moves for Fabian Delph and Gareth Bale blitzed our 'valuations` out of the water and we have been bullied.

However, whilst Jenkins` comments represent a welcome move, the real test is yet to come. Put simply, we`ve heard it all before. Consider a quote from late July 2008 where the CCFC management were speaking to the Western Mail:

"We have no need to sell any of the players we have and that includes Glenn."

Glenn Loovens was sold to Glasgow Celtic in August, for a fee of around £2.5m. We brought in Gabor Gyepes for a fraction of that which was a decent bit of business but In Loovens we had a defensive rock to build a team around, whereas Gyepes has been unable (rightly or wrongly) to break into the first team in two full seasons and if free to find another club.

Which of course means that Jenkins telling the BBC:

'We're not in a position where we need to sell, and Michael Chopra is contracted to us.'

May not mean exactly what we think / hope. Peter Ridsdale was always quick to bolt-on his favourite adage that 'every player had their price` and I think supporters understand that, even through the disappointment of losing someone as important as Chopra.

This will be a critical time. Over the coming few weeks we will learn a great deal about the ambition of the new regime, and how much stock we are able to put in comments that Jenkins or other management figures may make. Transparency is a term long associated with CCFC hierarchy but Publicity Pete`s penchant for spin was eventually understood by the Bluebirds fans and we learnt the hard way not to take what he said as fact.

Here`s hoping Michael Chopra will line-up against Sheffield United at CCS on Saturday 7th August. If, however, we have sold him for less than his worth - alarm bells will be ringing.

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Date:Thursday June 17 2010
Time: 12:36PM


Thats a really good article, 6 mil to me is the price for chops ONly if we reinvest it ALL. btw - wtf is a 'publicity petes penchent' ?!?
17/06/2010 12:40:00
he'd never go to ipswitch anyway, big step down and keane gone by xmas!
17/06/2010 12:43:00
sorry mate, penchant is like preference or Ridders liking for spin - I'll try and write smaller words in future
17/06/2010 12:44:00
dont have to be small, you can write about Schwinkendorf if you like - just use normal fecking words!!!
17/06/2010 12:45:00
Thing is, they cant win then...if they say nothing, we complain there's no news or we're definitely selling. If they say hands off, you complain they might not mean it.....
Aderyn las
17/06/2010 12:49:00
thats exactly my point though Aderyn las: Given our recent record, they cant expect us to fall into line and accept everything - here' hoping they can EARN our respect and belief.
17/06/2010 12:50:00
I do agree with you pretty much. I suppose the issue is that we do now have a pot to ***** in, its just someone else wants it and we could do with having lots of good pots, rather than one really awesome pot!
Aderyn las
17/06/2010 12:53:00
i like the article and a lot said is true, i'm still very sceptical of the new regime to be honest, i wonder to myself why the malaysians would invest in a club that will have no revenue this season as all season ticket money is already spent plus any small match revenue made will have to pay some of the wages........ therefore we like you say abergyn las DON'T have a pot to p i s s in!!!! they now own around 30% of a club which is virtually insolvent in accounting terms and my guess is it won't be long before we are subject to another winding up order.............. i am really interested as i'm sure you guys are to see just how far the malayasians are going to go...... will they launch a full takeover or are they looking to bankroll this season in hope of landing the premiership, either way they need to put multi-millions in to run this season and the next...................without sounding too horrid i kinda wish we'd been put into administration with the malaysians then buying us out for a cut price where we could have started again with no debts a great stadium and excellent facilities................ we still have langston debt to meet also so until we find the full intention of TG and his backers i will remain sceptiical and rather nervous about the future!!! i also think that chopra will be sold for nearly £5m in order to fund most of the seasons wages, but only time will tell........ however i did hear that we have upped our loan bid for bellamy to £30k per week and man city reportedly have accepted that bid ( load of twosh if u ask me) but who knows???????????
17/06/2010 18:28:00
glad we've rubbished the link with steve howard why would we want a 34 yr old striker???
23/06/2010 23:10:00
7 or 8 players have left cardiff so far including scimeca,etuhu and probably ledley in a couple of months. and we have brought in 1 player tom heaton why is city so slow on the transfer market.
28/06/2010 10:17:00
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