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New twist in Cardiff City saga as Malky Mackay misses press conference

Dec 20, 2013, 8:10 AM EDT

Former manage Mackay, right, was lambasted by Tan for his performance in the transfer market. AP

Cardiff City’s owner Vincent Tan is public enemy number one in the Welsh capital right now.

And he’s not exactly getting rave reviews across the rest of the soccer world either….

On Thursday Cardiff’s eccentric billionaire owner demanded that the Bluebirds hugely popular manager Malky Mackay should either “resign or he will be sacked” after Mackay simply said he will talk to the owners about potential targets in the January transfer window and what funds would be available to spend.

Tan, who has already incensed Cardiff’s supporters by switching the club colors from blue to red to help shirt sales in his homeland of Malaysia, has been outspoken against his manager Mackay in the past, has fired the clubs head of recruitment Ian Moody without Mackay’s permission and this could be the last twist in a disturbing tale.

If you want to know how not to run a soccer club, Tan is your man.

Word on the street is that Tan has sent a long-list of complaints to Mackay in an email and off the back of that Cardiff’s manager did not attend the pregame press conference on Friday morning. Instead Mackay’s assistant David Kerslake handled the questions before the away game at Liverpool on Saturday, but the presser lasted just over five minutes as angry journalists demanded to know what was going on. Kerslake only answered questions about the game vs. Liverpool on Saturday and turned down any questions about Mackay’s future and how bad this was making the club look.

(MORE: Report – Cardiff City owner tells manager to quit or be fired)

The local press were banned from blogging or tweeting about the events live as Mackay was said to be at training… yet others had seen him driving away from Cardiff’s Vale of Glamorgan Resort training ground.

According to sources within the club, Mackay is expected to be in charge for the game against Liverpool on Saturday but how can he and his players concentrate on the job in hand when all of this is going on?

Other Premier League managers across the country have stood up in defense of Mackay, after his side have acquitted themselves superbly following the teams first-ever promotion to the Premier League last season. People can’t believe the way he’s been treated.

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But it seems despite all of Mackay’s sterling work, after a solid start to Cardiff’s first season in the top-flight for decades, isn’t to the liking of some people. Well, one man and that’s Tan. It beggars belief that he thinks another manager could do a better job than Mackay on such a small budget but apparently he does and has already contacted four potential replacements for the talented Scottish manager.

A meeting with the board of directors has been scheduled for Friday afternoon, when everything is said to be coming to a head. We all know the Premier League is mad… but this takes it to a whole new level.

  1. jrocknstuff - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Daniel Snyder. Except now Tan is looking more like Daniel Snyder on PCP

    • dreadpirate82 - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      At least his team’s nickname isn’t a racial slur! But that seems like an apt comparison.

      • schmittydidit - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        If Tan thought that it would sell one more shirt, he would change the name in a heartbeat

  2. jrbdmb - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    I guess Wales was getting jealous of Snyder and Jerrah Jones.

  3. lunasceiling - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Apparently, the Premier League lacks any sort of mechanism to prevent wholly inappropriate people from buying teams. This imbecile is the Marge Schott of the BPL.

  4. chadmoon1 - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Marge Schott wouldn’t be in the same room as Tan, on account of him being of color.

  5. bellerophon30 - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Free Malky Mackay!!

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