Would The Real Vincent Tan Please Stand Up?

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of what now looks likely to be stage two of the rebranding of Cardiff City is how easy it has all proved for Vincent Tan so far. There were, presumably, meetings held at the club towards the end of last season at which the possible risks of him pursuing such an aggressive rebranding of the club were explained. Since then, though, he will have witnessed best case scenario after best case scenario. Under the broadly fallacious threat that the club would suffer complete financial collapse if he withdrew his interest in the club, the recolouring of Cardiff City was, with a few noble exceptions, broadly accepted by the supporters of the club, so it is utterly unsurprising to see stage two of the rebrand now starting to kick into gear, with Tan explicitly not ruling out a change to the club’s name in the summer – well, not for several hours, at least. Over the last few weeks, rumours have grown regarding the club undergoing a name change. These had been fuelled in part by the suggestion that the club is preparing to let the ‘Cardiff City FC’ trademark lapse, but more notably by the behaviour of the club in other respects. A recent match against Brighton & Hove Albion saw the club give away free red and white scarves to all in attendance...

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