Malky Mackay is told to resign or be sacked

Cardiff City manager under pressure from owner Vincent Tan

 Cardiff City’s manager Malky Mackay

Cardiff City’s manager Malky Mackay

Thu, Dec 19, 2013, 21:40

Malky Mackay looks to be on the brink of leaving Cardiff City after a report emerged that the Scot had been told to resign or face being sacked by owner Vincent Tan.

Mackay (41) has previously insisted he will not resign, but the BBC reports Tan sent the former Watford boss a letter by email on Monday, outlining his grievances at length.

Tan is said to have criticised Mackay’s transfer signings, style of play, results and performance as a manager. A Cardiff spokesman said: “The club is not party to any letter sent from one person to another.”

Under scrutiny
Mackay’s position as Bluebirds boss has been under scrutiny since Tan removed his head of recruitment Iain Moody in October amid suggestions of a summer transfer window overspend, something the Scot and Moody denied outright.

The problems at the club deepened on Monday, the same day as Tan’s email is reported to have been sent, when chief executive Simon Lim released a statement claiming Tan was “extremely upset” at Mackay’s comments he hoped to bring in three players in January, and that there would not be “a single penny” available to spend next month.

Mackay, whose contract at the Welsh club runs until 2016, is scheduled to hold his pre-match press conference this morning, ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League trip to Liverpool, with his future set to again be the central topic.

The ex-Scotland international, who was named Cardiff boss in June 2011, led the Welsh club to promotion from the Championship seven months ago.