Cardiff City aren't going to be turned red are they? I really hope not. It would be such a shame if the club's traditions, colours and even nickname were changed, all in the name of brand building.
Without sounding too disparaging to those marketing experts who have claimed that red is a more dynamic colour in the Asian market, I do wonder if the commercial success of Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United in that region is more down to their success on the pitch than it is the colour that they play in? Just a thought.

I can see why financially-minded people would look into the possibility of changing things around at Cardiff City but surely going from Bluebirds to Red Dragons would be a step too far. It's selling your soul really, isn't it?

As you'll gather I don't agree one bit with this particular plan, and if the Cardiff fans have their say, I'm pretty sure it will be quickly become a non-starter. I certainly hope it will.

As for Malky Mackay's side, they were well beaten in the end by West Ham United, who ran out comfortable and deserving winners over two legs. Handling the pressure well, I thought the Hammers were extremely impressive.

West Ham finished the season strongly, in good form and they took that confidence and solidity into the semi-finals nicely. When you have the talent they have at their disposal you'll always have a goal threat too, so when Sam Allardyce's team are in the mood they can be pretty formidable.

There's a myth about teams that finish third in the Play-Offs too. I've checked out the stats and no team has been promoted from any of the other positions more than the third placed side. So, if the Hammers are worried about traditions, they really shouldn't.

I make West Ham favourites to reach the Premier League now. They've hammered Blackpool twice already this season and that has to give them the edge.

I can find reasons for both teams to prevail in the final but when all is said and done, when the players line up it will be first time they've met since West Ham tanked them 4-1 at Bloomfield Road. The previous encounter ended 4-0 in the Londoners' favour too, and that has to have inflicted some kind of psychological residue.

I recall playing for Ipswich Town against Barnsley in the Championship Play-Off final after we'd done the double over them in the regular season and it gave us all tremendous belief that we'd win, and we did. I wonder if the Blackpool players will truly believe they can turn those last two defeats on their head at Wembley?

That said, you sense the Tangerines have an aura of invincibility about them when it comes to the Play-Offs. Last night's 2-2 draw at Birmingham City was the first time they hadn't WON a Play-Off match in 11 attempts!

In Stephen Dobbie, Blackpool undoubtedly have a lucky charm and Ian Holloway must still be applauded for the attacking football his side plays, week in week out. They are a joy to watch.

Over the two legs Blackpool easily deserved to go through, even though a wobble in the last half hour at St Andrew's had them feeling nervy.

It's going to be a cracking final at Wembley between two clubs that can definitely handle the top flight.

Elsewhere I'd like to extend my sympathy to a contemporary of mine, Nicky Barmby, who has been sacked by Hull City.

It's difficult to tell exactly what's been going on at the KC Stadium but it appears some comments he made in the press about his transfer kitty have been taken the wrong way, and he's paid for it with his job.

Barmby is a Hull City legend so I imagine the fans are in uproar on Humberside, and I can understand that. The situation could have been dealt with better in my opinion. To me, he was showing signs of being a good manager, and he'll be doubly disappointed as he'd sacrificed his playing career to take the job in the first place too.

The favourite to replace him with the bookmakers is Billy Davies, who when at Nottingham Forest continually made his frustrations about money publically known. Oh, the irony of it.