Cardiff’s supporters must now protest en masse and forget the thought that Vincent Tan is behind the club’s success
Richard Beech says that when the big name manager is unveiled, no matter who it is, fans must remember that the club's aim is no longer just Premier League survival
Premier League survival will be the primary objective of whoever fills Malky Mackay's vacancy at Cardiff City, but the fans must now look further ahead.
This is now about the survival of a club's culture. Ironically, Malky's mission was a long term one, not just survival, but success similar to that of Cardiff's Welsh rivals Swansea City.
Malky will be fine, he'll land on his feet and take up another job in the top flight, or will drag another club up to the Premier League.
He would have done that without Tan's money. Malky didn't spend an unreasonable amount of cash during his tenure, and in fact his biggest signing has played no part whatsoever this season.
Cardiff City fans must now join the small pocket of blue loyalists en masse, and drop the idea that their Premier League status is due to Tan's influence and money. Malky was the man who got City into the top flight.
Some fans predicted as soon as Vincent Tan took over that this would be an uncomfortable relationship, fraught with cultural differences and a fundamental misunderstanding of football in general (on his side).
English football isn't adverse to foreign ownership, it's something Chelsea fans and Manchester City fans have dealt with, and in return they've been given the gift of celebrating a period of top flight success.
Cardiff City fans, on the other hand, have been gifted the total desolation of their club's culture.
Unhappy: Cardiff City fans protest on Boxing Day
Not only are the Bluebirds playing in red, but their crest has changed beyond recognition. They are now dragons, and at least Malky Mackay had them breathing fire in the top flight of English football.
On the subject of dragons, Vincent Tan has already murmured of changing the club's name to 'Cardiff Dragons', and he'll see similar events in Hull as a case of safety in numbers.
This is a man who is not afraid to change the very identity of a club, to sack a manager who was universally popular in the terraces, popular in the changing room, and whose players were successful on the pitch.
Cardiff City fans need to take a reality check now, if they still want their club to be recognisable, the 200 people protesting before the Southampton game on Boxing Day could, and perhaps should, become 20,000 against Sunderland this weekend.
The club have once again fallen foul of a less than ideal owner, one who felt it necessary to give the fans an ultimatum last season - accept the red kit, or lose out on my money for the transfer window.
Tan will in the coming weeks attempt to appease the more fickle fans just like he has done in the past, this time he'll bring in 'a name', a manager for the fans to get excited about.
Perhaps this manager's tenure will last 12 months, maybe 18 months if the fans are lucky, but stability is not something Cardiff City fans should be expecting under Tan's reign.
Fans of the club won't need reminding of the many examples of the dangers of egotistic or misinformed ownership. They've played many of these clubs in their long struggle to attain Premier League status.
Malky Mackay Career in PicturesView gallery
While Cardiff were fighting year after year for a place in the top flight, these clubs were slipping down from the Premier League into the Championship, often fighting to claw themselves away form the clutches of League One. All the result of disastrous ownership regimes.
When the big name manager is unveiled, no matter who it is, Cardiff City fans must remember that the club's aim is no longer just Premier League survival.
The aim is the survival of Cardiff City FC, the club they love, the club supported by generations of their family, the club they were proud of - the Bluebirds.
A club who boasted some of the most passionate fans in the country, the club who bounced back from blow after blow and still managed to keep their heads above the water and fight for promotion from England's second tier.
Let's face it, they were the club that everybody loved to hate, particularly in those lower league years of the 90s.
Now they're the club that everybody loves to laugh at.
The fans must now ask themselves the question: What is important to them?
Should they be preoccupied with how many shirts they're selling in the Far East, or should they be looking west, at their Welsh rivals Swansea City, and looking at the uncomfortable reminder of what is perhaps the perfect model of a football club.
Just because Vincent Tan is currently a laughing stock, it doesn't mean the Bluebirds have to go the same way. It's not too late, but the fans must continue to make their voices heard even if they face a brick wall of silence from Tan.
It's time for the fans to make a decision on the club's future. Not the owner.
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