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    05 March, 2005

    Even the Echo has given up....

    Over the years the South Wales Echo has been one of the trumpet-blowers for the current Cardiff City ownership. Its football commentaries have been famously over the top, even when the players' performances have been dire.

    However, it now seems that they have given up too.

    A few minutes ago their football writer Mark Bloom said on Good Morning Wales that he thought 9 players would go next week and the club was likely to go into administration.

    I said yesterday that it was difficult to believe anything coming out of the club.

    That remains the case. I was astounded listening on Real Radio to some of the fans coming out of a meeting with Sam Hammam yesterday that he had managed to convince them that the stadium would still go ahead and that seemingly the blame lay at the door of others: his words on Radio Wales were that he 'had been kippered'.

    The BBC's Rob Phillips has just said on the Back Page on Radio Wales that he admires Sam's 'candour'.

    Come off it.

    There is no candour. We don't know the full level of the debt. As I understand it, players and staff have still not been paid, and the PFA is coming down with a team of lawyers and accountants according to Mark Bloom. We don't know how many more players will have to go. We don't know whether or when a business plan will be forthcoming for the stadium.

    As I said yesterday the club has to come clean on the actual state of the finances if it wants to start to rebuild credibility with the fans.

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