Focus: Vincent Tan, the Cardiff man

From changing the club's colours to talk of changing their name and interfering in team affairs, his influence on the club has been immense to say the least.

Vincent Tan Cardiff thumbs up

May 2010: Joins the Cardiff board as Peter Ridsdale moves on, with Dato Chan Tien Ghee appointed as chairman.

August: Cardiff sign hometown hero Craig Bellamy on a season-long loan.

June 2011: The club appoint Malky Mackay as manager, with Dave Jones sacked after a play-off semi-final defeat.

May 2012: Mackay takes Cardiff to the play-offs but they are denied again. Tan then opts to change the club's shirts from blue to red, claiming the move is to drum up interest in the Far East where the colour is a strong one and is said to bring good luck.

It was presented that the change, as well as swapping the club's bluebird badge for a dragon, was an exchange for continued investment from Tan and Ghee.

"It's great news that Tan Sri Vincent Tan and our chairman Dato Chan Tien Ghee have reaffirmed their commitment and investment which will allow us to take forward the exciting plans for the future of this football club which we have all been working towards," Mackay said at the time.

September 2012: Tan replaces the club's chief executive, Alan Whiteley, with known associate Simon Lim.

April 2013: Mackay takes Cardiff to the Championship title, winning promotion to the Premier League.

August 2013: Tan tells Mackay, in no uncertain terms, to make good of the £35million he spent in the transfer window.

October 2013: Mackay's trusted head of recruitment, Iain Moody, is replaced by unknown 23-year-old Alisher Apsalyamov, thought to be a friend of Tan's family. He is later stood down on visa grounds.

Mackay has to deny reports he has been told to step down or be sacked.

December 16: Two days after a win over West Brom - after which Mackay said he wanted three players in the January window - Lim releases a statement for Tan which berates Mackay for his comments and tells him he will get "not a single penny".

December 19: Mackay is told in a letter via e-mail that he must resign or be sacked, Press Association Sport understands.

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