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Malaysian Chairman pledges commitment to Bluebirds

Dato Chan Tien Ghee is due to fly back to Malaysia on Wednesday Photo: ITV News Wales

Cardiff City say that talks between the club's Malaysian chairman Dato' Chan Tien Ghee and the board have ended. In a statement the club said Tian Ghee had reiterated his commitment, warmth and great affinity for the club.

It follows the decision of the Malaysian investors to drop their controversial plans to rebrand the club last week. Following that news, there were concerns that proposed investment would now be put in doubt. The chairman is now due to return to Malaysia on Wednesday morning to speak to fellow investors in the country before making any further comment.

We have nothing but the best interests of the club and its supporters to heart and will look to conclude matters as soon as possible to the best possible outcome. I would also like to personally thank the many who have sent in messages of heartfelt support and appreciation, either directly or via the club.

– Dato' Chan Tien Ghee, Cardiff City Chairman
There had been proposals to rebrand the club from blue to red Credit: ITV News Wales

The Malaysian owners had proposed to "re-brand" the club in return for a cash injection thought to be worth around £100m. That rebranding would have included altering the club crest to incorporate an Asian dragon, as well as changing the clubs home colours from blue to red next season.

These plans though were met with vitriolic derision from some quarters, as fans flocked to internet message boards and social media sites to display their anger at what many saw as “selling out” 100 years of history.

The opposition lead the club’s Malaysian backers, led by principle investor Dato' Chan, to withdraw the proposals late on Thursday, 24 hours after the club confirmed the plans were actively being pursued.

In an open letter to fans Dato' Chan Tien Ghee apologised for any offence that was inadvertently caused and to emphasise the plans were in the best interests of the club:

"The new club crest and home colours which were being discussed were intended to demonstrate the symbolic fusion of Welsh and Asian cultures through the use of the colour red and the predominant featuring of a historical Welsh dragon under the Cardiff City FC name.

The change in tact has however thrown the club’s financial future into doubt with Cardiff’s outstanding debts of around £30m having been planned to be paid off, effectively leaving the club debt free.

Vincent Tan currently funds the club to the tune of around £1m a month, an input that has already totalled close to £40m. That figure would also have been wiped out by the proposals with the club’s backers willing to turn their debt into shares instead.

The precarious financial position was acknowledged in Chairman TG’s letter to fans:

“It is clear to all concerned that the club simply cannot continue to function and exist in its current state, effectively losing large amounts of money each month, while acquiring more and more debt. We have continued along this path until the end of the current season, but the club inevitably now faces bold and real world decisions should we want to see the club survive."

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