'Not a single penny!' Cardiff owner tells Mackay he won't have a January budget

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay had publicly expressed his wish to bolster his squad in January but has now been told it is not an option.

We are getting used to Premier League owners making the headlines.

If Mike Ashley isn't hiring a new sporting director, you can bet that Sheikh Mansour is doing it for him.

But Cardiff owner Vincent Tan has perhaps taken hard-line ownership to a new level with recent revelations.

After Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay publicly stated his desire to add to his squad in January, the club have gone public with their promise that the Scot will not get "a single penny" to spend.

"Tan Sri Vincent Tan was extremely upset to read quotes from the manager concerning the possibility of new recruits, before he had been informed whether funds would be made available," chief executive Simon Lim said in a statement.

"His view is that, due to the funds already committed - including the originally authorised summer transfer budget of £35m that rose to £50m in total, including add-ons - the manager has been fully supported.

"The overspending of £15m has upset Tan Sri greatly, resulting in the removal of Iain Moody as head of recruitment. As such, he has stated that not a single penny will be made available in January."

Tensions between Mackay and Tan have been high this term and one wonders what bearing these latest comments will have on their working relationship.

With Andre Villas-Boas and Steve Clarke having lost their jobs this weekend, sacking season is well and truly underway.

And Mackay is odds on to be the next boss to go.

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