Malky Mackay sacked by Cardiff
Malky Mackay has been sacked as Cardiff manager after two-and-a-half years in charge of the Bluebirds, with owner Vincent Tan claiming the decision was down to the Scot airing the club's "dirty linen" in public.
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The 41-year-old's exit had been widely predicted after Tan last week sent him an email demanding he resign or be sacked.
That ultimatum was briefly lifted when chairman Mehmet Dalman stated Mackay would be in charge for the "forseeable future", but the 3-0 Boxing Day defeat against Southampton proved the ex-Watford boss' last in charge.
A statement on the Cardiff website read: "The board of directors at Cardiff City Football Club have today relieved Malky Mackay of his duties.
"A new first-team manager will be appointed and announced in due course."
Mackay has often said he has felt sorry for the club's fans as Cardiff have found themselves in the headlines for the wrong reasons on several occasions.
But Tan laid the blame for that firmly at his former manager's door in a statement released to Sky Sports News.
"There has been a good deal of publicity generated by, and about, Mr Malky Mackay for the last few months," it read.
"Indeed, far too much dirty linen has been exposed to the public gaze but, I stress, not by me.
"Indeed, I have deliberately not responded to this, hoping that the club can be judged on its football rather than personalised arguments about who said what to whom.
"I have, however, regretfully concluded that it is no longer fair to the club, its players, its fans and the public more generally for this uncomfortable state of affairs to continue.
"Cardiff City Football Club means far too much to us all for it to be distracted by this."
The club later announced that David Kerslake and Joe McBride will take charge of Cardiff for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Sunderland.
Kerslake has served as Mackay's assistant manager at the Bluebirds, while McBride holds the role of first-team coach.
A statement read: "David Kerslake and Joe McBride will be taking charge of the team for the match against Sunderland on Saturday December 28th at Cardiff City Stadium."
Mackay had guided the Bluebirds to the League Cup final in 2012 and the Championship title in 2013. They lie 16th in the Premier League, one point above the relegation zone at the time of his departure.
He had always insisted he would not resign, and his removal had long appeared to be the only realistic outcome of his dispute with Tan which first came to light when head of recruitment Iain Moody was dismissed in October amid allegations of a transfer window overspend.
Mackay and Moody denied those claims and the Scot and Tan were at loggerheads again when the Bluebirds boss suggested he hoped to add three players to his squad in January.
Chief executive Simon Lim quickly responded with a statement which claimed Tan was "extremely upset" by Mackay's comments and that "not a single penny" would be available to spend next month.
That statement arrived the same day as Tan's ultimatum.
Even when Dalman offered Mackay the lifeline that he would remain in charge, it came with the caveat that there would need to be a reconciliation between owner and manager.
Mackay had twice requested a meeting with Tan and Dalman earlier this week in order to discuss their differences, but the Scot revealed the Malaysian had turned them down.
Talks had been due to be held on Saturday, when Cardiff face Sunderland, but in the end Mackay did not last long enough. His assistant David Kerslake and first-team coach Joe McBride will lead the team for that game.
Turkish journeyman Yilmaz Vural has also been suggested as potential candidates.
Earlier on Friday, Vural's agent had mischievously tweeted that "explosive" events lay ahead at Cardiff.
Muzzi Ozcan tweeted: "The story is coming to a End in Wales and a new story will be born ... The next 48 hours will be explosive !"
When news of Mackay's sacking broke, he added: "New page has been turned over as I said .... Wish the best for MM."
OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER
Another product of Sir Alex Ferguson's managerial academy, Solksjaer has earned a fine reputation with Molde in his home country of Norway, winning the league twice and the cup once. Would certainly be attracted by the Premier League but it remains to be seen if mentor Ferguson would advise him to stay away.
It is assumed Sven has the sort of worldwide gravitas Tan is looking for and, having travelled the globe in pursuit of work, may have no qualms in throwing his lot in with Cardiff. Currently with Guangzhou R&F but could he resist another shot at English football?
The lifelong fan has ended his playing career with the club and played a key role as they eventually made it to the Premier League. Nothing suggests he would want the job but, if he is keen on a career in coaching, perhaps this could be his chance.
Turk Vural has managed more than 20 clubs in his homeland and was recently linked with a move to Cardiff. The club denied being in contact with the 60-year-old but his name refuses to go away.
Initially sacked by Tan in 2011 after consistently failing to deliver promotion, he is now out of work after losing his job at Sheffield Wednesday. It would take a significant thawing of relations for him to get the position, but he is certainly available and has been linked.