Cardiff’s Tan gives Mackay the boot

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THE pro­tracted dis­agree­ment be­tween Cardiff City chair­man Vin­cent Tan and man­ager Malky Mackay reached its in­evitable con­clu­sion yes­ter­day when the Scot was sacked seven months af­ter win­ning pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League.

In a state­ment on their web­site, the club said: “The Board of Di­rec­tors have relieved Malky Mackay of his du­ties. A new first team man­ager will be ap­pointed in due course.”

Mackay, 41, who had been Cardiff man­ager since June 2011, ended their 51- year ab­sence from the top flight when they gained au­to­matic pro­mo­tion af­ter win­ning the Cham­pi­onship last sea­son.

He was hugely pop­u­lar with fans who have protested in re­cent weeks against Tan, the equally un­pop­u­lar owner of the club who ini­ti­tally an­gered loyal sup­port­ers by chang­ing their kit from their tra­di­tional blue shirts to red be­fore the start of last sea­son.

Mackay, re­fused to re­sign last weekend af­ter be­ing handed an ul­ti­ma­tum by Tan to ei­ther “re­sign or be sacked”.

Mackay’s last game in charge was Thurs­day’s 3- 0 home de­feat to Southamp­ton.

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