This afternoon sees the first top flight clash between Cardiff City and Swansea City, with their managers in very different positions.
In fact such is the Bluebirds’ manager’s current position, reports this weekend claim a loss to their fierce rivals could see him leave the Cardiff City Stadium for the last time.
As Mackay’s relationship with club owner Vincent Tan continues to generate both headlines and debate, the sense is that things will soon come to a head.
Should Cardiff win this afternoon, and keep winning, the reportedly strained relationship between the two could be rendered if not obsolete then certainly (in purely footballing terms) inconsequential.
But in reality Mackay will know he cannot continue to work for a man he is reported as having practically no contact with, despite the fans being almost unanimously behind their boss…and rightly so.
While Laudrup continues to be monitored by some of Europe’s biggest clubs, for now he is focused solely on the Swans as they continue the most fixture-heavy season in their history.
But for one afternoon, both men will think of little else but the 90 minutes ahead of them, knowing that a victory means far more than just three points.
For the first time, my Sunday Spotlight focuses on two men rather than one, and that is because they hold the future of two resurrected clubs in their hands.
But while Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins continues to wholeheartedly support whoever sits in his dugout, Tan is reportedly undermining his manager with decisions that baffle the supporters.
And just as Laudrup has continued Swansea’s transformation, so Mackay could do something similar for the Bluebirds, if he is given the chance.
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