Dec 27, 2013, 9:09 AM EDT
No fan support nor media outcry will save Malky Mackay’s position as manager of Cardiff City after the Bluebirds 3-0 home loss to Southampton. The manager has been sacked and comes just 11 days after owner Vincent Tan reportedly sent him an email saying to “resign, or be sacked,” only to see the owner publicly rebuked.
Mackay becomes the fourth PL manager sacked in December alone.
From the Cardiff City official site:
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.
UPDATE (12:09pm ET): Tan has released a statement on the sacking.
Search “Malky Mackay” on our site and you’ll find a dizzying array of articles detailing the twists and turns of his relationship with owner Vincent Tan. There were money battles, accusations of owner/lineup tinkering and a bevy of other headline-making quotes from either side of the debate.
Mackay skippered Cardiff into the Premier League as a manager after achieving the feat as a player with three teams: Norwich, West Ham and Watford.
Cardiff opened their season with five points from four matches, including a scintillating 3-2 win over Manchester City and draws versus Everton and Hull but have failed to find form outside of their big Welsh win against Swansea and decisions over struggling West Brom and Fulham.
Despite Sky Sports reports that Pepe Mel was the leader to take over West Brom, pundit Gary Lineker took to Twitter with a different take after Mackay was sacked:
Malky Mackay has finally been put out of his misery and sacked by Cardiff. Wouldn’t be surprised if West Brom have been lying in wait.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 27, 2013
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