Club owner Vincent Tan ruled with an iron fist - the ruthless and uncalled for sacking of Malky Mackay shocking most football fans across the country.
One of the reasons given for the decision to send him on his way was his overspend in the transfer market. They spent big on the likes of Steven Caulker and Gary Medel - but both have proved to be success. However, you could understand why Tan was not so impressed with the other big money arrival.
Cardiff beat off plenty of opposition to snap up Danish striker Andreas Cornelius from FC Copenhagen in the summer. That level of competition was reflected in his price-tag, a cool £8 million. But he struggled with injury and the arrival of Kenwyne Jones saw him out of favour even more.
So, remarkably, Cardiff sold him back to Copenhagen for a reported fee of just £3 million, representing a massive loss on a 20-year-old player with a definite future in the game.
And judging by his form for Copenhagen since arriving back in the Danish capital, Cardiff might have done well to keep him a little longer.
He has scored eight times in 16 league games since returning to FCK and yesterday he bagged a very important goal, smashing them into the lead against Ukrainian side Dnipro - as they went on to win 2-0 on aggregate and advance to the play-off stages of UEFA Champions League qualifying.
Cardiff could certainly do with that firepower this season...