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As pressure builds, Vincent Tan changes direction meaning Mackay is safe for now

Dec 22, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

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Just a few days ago, Cardiff City chairman Vincent Tan issued Malky Mackay an ultimatum: quit or be fired.

Now, Tan says that’s not longer the case.

With Mackay refusing to back down from his position as manager of Cardiff, Tan has told the BBC that at the moment, that ultimatum has been rescinded.

“For the time being, yes,” Tan said when asked if the warning had been pulled back. “The crisis for the time being is over.”

It would appear that public pressure from club supporters backing Mackay and criticizing Tan has caused the owner to capitulate, not following through on his threat.

The two will now meet to discuss the future of the club and the manager, something which seemed unthinkable just a day or two ago.

“My definition of diplomacy is to create space for dialogue,” said Mackay following Cardiff’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool this weekend.

With the Bluebirds sitting in 15th place, Tan has taken a lot of flak for his complete rejection of Mackay’s tactics and decisions as manager.  Tan also has taken heat for his desire to completely rebrand the club under the color red despite Cardiff’s long history under blue.

  1. dfstell - Dec 22, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    What a weird circumstance…..On one hand, Tan has brought some good things to Cardiff (i.e. promotion and investment). On the other, there are the color changes, etc.

    I’d love to hear what Cardiff fans think about the guy. I know it just seems surreal watching it as a fan of another club.

  2. bellerophon30 - Dec 22, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Vincent Tan seems to have done a lot more good than harm…….but there is harm, and I find it hard to believe that Mackay will last the the rest of the season. But assuming that nothing comes out from behind the scenes that tarnishes him, Malky will come out of this smelling like roses, and he’ll be at the top of the manager for hire list for every team but the top few (none of whom should have openings come summer anyway).

  3. fraudguy - Dec 22, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Is it me, or does he look like a Bond villain?

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