At the time of writing this, Cardiff City is about to enter the Christmas and New Year fixture period ahead of the January 2020 transfer window.
It is seldom a dull period in following the fortunes of our club, either on or off the pitch.
In recent weeks we have seen Neil Warnock leave his post as manager, together with a number of his supporting staff to be replaced by Neil Harris and his own selection of support staff.
Initial indications are that there will be wholesale changes to the approach of the club from grass roots upwards a change which many fans may feel is long overdue.
Results on the pitch have improved but performances suggest that there is still a long way to go to fully push for a promotion back to the Premier League and to enjoy the benefits of a successful long term player development strategy at the club.
The January 2020 transfer window is likely to be an important initial step in developing the first team squad with the manager stating that a number of players will have to depart to free up a wages and transfer fee budget for incoming players.
Realistically, it will take at least a couple of transfer windows to shape the squad into one that he feels happy with but next month could be a start if he has the necessary financial backing from the club’s owner and senior management team.
At least the club can enter the transfer window without the threat of a FIFA-imposed transfer ban because of the dispute with Nantes FC (over the Emeliano Sala transfer) due to the recent appeal lodged with the Court of Arbitration for Sport. This is due to be heard in the Spring of 2020, with a result expected around June 2020.
Whatever happens, for a lot of us CCFC will remain a big part of our lives and the club can rely on our support as it always has, through good times and bad.
Season’s greetings to everyone and best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year to you and your families.
- Please also don’t forget that there will be a bucket collection at the Swansea City game next month in support of brain injury charity, Headway Cardiff & South East Wales, the Trust’s chosen good cause for this season. A donation from as many people as possible, no matter how small, will be of benefit to this local charity and help them in their important work supporting those in a far less comfortable position than most.