Cardiff’s Mackay faces a show­down with Tan

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

CARDIFF CITY man­ager Malky Mackay’s fu­ture hung in the bal­ance yes­ter­day as club owner Vin­cent Tan was due to fly into Bri­tain.

Mackay, 41, was re­port­edly on the verge of leav­ing the Pre­mier League club af­ter be­ing told to re­sign or face be­ing sacked by the con­tro­ver­sial Malaysian owner.

He suf­fered a pub­lic re­buke from Tan ear­lier in the week af­ter an­ger­ing the club’s supremo by ask­ing to sign at least three play­ers dur­ing the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow.

Mackay was told by Tan that he wouldn’t get any new funds in the New Year be­cause he had al­ready been handed a sig­nif­i­cant trans­fer kitty fol­low­ing Cardiff ’s pro­mo­tion from the Cham­pi­onship last sea­son.

Tan is said to have crit­i­cised Mackay’s sign­ings, style of play and re­sults be­fore de­mand­ing he re­sign or be sacked.

Mackay’s po­si­tion has been un­der scru­tiny since Tan re­moved his head of re­cruit­ment, Iain Moody, in Oc­to­ber amid sug­ges­tions of a trans­fer win­dow over­spend.

Mackay, who led Cardiff to the 2012 League Cup fi­nal be­fore se­cur­ing the Cham­pi­onship ti­tle, stated he would not re­sign and it is be­lieved it could cost Tan some­where in the re­gion of £3 mil­lion to sack him, as the man­ager is un­der con­tract un­til 2016.

The Scot did not turn up for yes­ter­day’s pre- match press con­fer­ence ahead of to­day’s trip to Liver­pool.

For­mer Manch­ester United striker and cur­rent Molde boss Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer, as well as ex-Eng­land man­ager SvenGo­ran Eriks­son have been tipped as pos­si­ble re­place­ments for Mackay. – Sapa-AFP

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