Cardiff Into Crisis After Brink Of Promotion!

Michael Chopra has plunged Cardiff deeper into crisis with a blast at the club's new board. In a shock outburst, Chopra attacked the Bluebirds' Malaysian owners and warned: "I'm off if this club doesn't sort itself out. I've had enough." Chopra, who scored 21 goals last season, vented his fury after a miserable summer for the Welsh club, who lost out to Blackpool in the play-off final. New chairman Dato Chan Tien Ghee vowed after the Wembley defeat that the Bluebirds would go for automatic promotion in the new season. But events since then have left the fans — and Chopra — in dismay. Cardiff's much-heralded pre-season tour to Malaysia was called off abruptly.

And it emerged that the club was under a transfer embargo over non-payment of £500,000 to Charlton as an instalment of defender Mark Hudson's transfer fee. They have only signed one player - keeper Tom Heaton from Manchester United - although eight men left the club during the summer. One of them, highly-rated midfielder Joe Ledley, went to Celtic without Cardiff getting a penny in compensation. Motherwell are also chasing Cardiff over non-payment of an instalment in the transfer fee for full back Paul Quinn. And the City players have been asked to defer payment of appearance money and win bonuses until the end of next season. Another threat to the club's stability came with the news that long-serving manager Dave Jones is a target for managerless Premier outfit Fulham.

With the Championship big kick-off just over a fortnight away, Chopra said: "I'm well hacked off. If this club doesn't bring in new players, I'm off. I've had enough. Nothing is moving, with just a couple of weeks until the new season. I can see that we will struggle this season if people at board level don't get real. It's not good for morale and I'm not the only one fuming about the lack of movement in the camp."

Chopra also recounted a conversation with the new chairman. He said: "TG told me that the club would invest and that we would have new faces to strengthen the team for a charge at the Premier League. But I don't see any investment, I don't see any new faces at the club to make this team a force next season. In fact, if this carries on, I can see us struggling. I am really angry about the whole business. I was under the impression that the new board were coming in and spending money to take this club to the next level. But I don't see that in any shape or form and its very frustrating for me and the players who want to do well for this club next season.

"I'm happy playing for Cardiff but I'll be off if this continues. I'm ambitious and I want this club to meet those ambitions. If they can't, what's the point? I'm not happy seeing embargo headlines in the papers and no movement in the transfer market. All the players were looking forward to a big push for promotion, possibly the two automatic places. If nobody comes into this squad quickly then we could find ourselves struggling come the middle part of the season when we have to draw on a small squad. It's a ridiculous situation to be in," he confessed.

Chopra's words could herald his departure from Cardiff. His old Sunderland boss Roy Keane, now at Ipswich, has been trailing him for some time. But the Bluebirds could be forced to take a cut-price fee now that potential buyers are aware of their financial worries. Nottingham Forest have bid just £1.5million for Cardiff's Peter Whittingham, last year's joint top scorer in the Championship.

Source: The Sun UK

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