Money raised from player sales will be re-invested

Last updated : 10 May 2009 By Michael Morris

Joe Ledley, Ross McCormack and Roger Johnson are the players most likely to attract bids from other clubs this summer.

The sale of those three could be worth around £15m if the early speculation is to be believed.

Cardiff's failure to make it to the Premier League will result in collateral damage of player sales, it's something we are used to. Aaron Ramsey, Glenn Loovens, Chopra, Jerome, Earnshaw etc etc.

Every club is a selling club if the price is right. What's important is what happens after these players leave. As you can see from the quote from Peter Ridsdale he expects to assemble a better squad for next season.

Time will tell. Ridsdale has though pledged to invest any monies received from player sales back into the playing squad. Ridsdale has backed Dave Jones to manager City as the new stadium opens.

After the failure to make the play offs this time the pressure from the fans will be heavy on Jones to deliver at least a play off spot next season. Jones survived a call for his head when we were rock bottom and struggling in October / November 2007, he's survived another big shout in the past week after the capitulation in the last 15 days of this season. If the club doesn't hit the ground running I think he'll feel the heat from the stands very early on.

The permanent arrival of Michael Chopra is one deal that seems certain to go ahead. Just will the club be able to keep players like Ledley, McCormack and Johnson and who will come in to add strength to the squad?

There are some players City could do with shipping out as well. Players like Paul Parry and Peter Whittingham, Steve McPhail and Miguel Commingues. All of of them in my view have failed to make telling impacts and are not quality or consistent enough to help take this team forward. Whittingham on his day can be sublime, but all to often he goes missing.

Already the loan players have left, Darren Purse has been released. The summer of transfer fun has already started and we'll have rumour, speculation, ins and outs for the next three months.

The club have already earned around £500,000. Birmingham City's promotion means the parachute payment due to them has been shared between the rest of the Championship clubs. Another £500,000 will arrive if Reading go up via the play offs.