City Legend Jason Perry Pulls No Punches Over Cardiff City Crisis

Rob Phillips (left) with Trust chair Keith Morgan and Jason Perry (right)

The Trust hosted a roadshow last night with Cardiff City legend Jason Perry and Rob Phillips, BBC Wales’ soccer correspondent, and all the talk was about the latest upheaval at Cardiff City.

These are some of the key points from the evening:

  • Jason Perry remembered that when he last spoke to Trust members he said that he would take the club finishing one point above the relegation zone in the season just finished. He fears things are going to get a lot worse for the Bluebirds going forward.
  • He praises the work of Sabri Lamouchi, saying he prevented the club from being relegated and pointed out that none of the players were his. Money, it is suggested, seems to have been an issue that did not lead to Lamouchi continuing as manager.
  • Jason says some possible managers won’t come to Cardiff City because they believe it will “kill your career”.
  • Jason questions the possible reappointment of Steve Morison as manager. What has he done in the last eight months to be reappointed, he asks? He points to how well some other clubs such as Ipswich Town are well run and compares to what’s happening at Cardiff City. Rob Phillips also questions the possible reappointment of Morison. The meeting was asked how many people would like Morison to come back as manager – not a single hand goes up.
  • Jason also tackles the issue of Sol Bamba becoming manager. Jason said that while he greatly admired Sol Bamba as a player and how he dealt with issues in his life appointing him as manager would be ridiculous. As a coach “we are currently paying him to learn the trade”. There’s talk from both Jason and Rob that the club might do down the route of bringing in a manager from overseas.
  • Nathan Jones is also mentioned as a possible manager. Despite his Cardiff City connections, they both question whether he would want to come to the club in the current circumstances and also whether the club could afford him.
  • Things are never going to change at Cardiff City unless we have vision from the top, argues Jason Perry. He says owner Vincent Tan needs to embrace challenge and describes him as “clueless” with a huge turnover of managers. Both believe whatever the difficult financial situation Vincent Tan wouldn’t allow the club to go into administration.
  • Jason says a new manager will need to build the team but also bring fans together. He highlights the disconnect between fans and the club.  Rob Phillips praises the incredibly dedicated support of fans and highlights the fantastic away support in particular despite the awful season. The constant biggest strength is the passion and noise of fans.
  • Both Rob and Jason talk about the loss of academy manager David Hughes to Manchester United was a huge blow. They said he did a brilliant job.