Manager Watch: Just what is going on with Cardiff and Mackay?

Malky Mackay And Cardiff Owners

Malky Mackay has gone from a fired man to a man certain to stay at Cardiff, then a nearly-fired man, all in one weekend. What's really happening?

Vincent Tan is a difficult man to predict.

One minute, the Cardiff owner is giving manager Malky Mackay a "resign or be sacked" ultimatum, the next he is being persuaded by chairman Mehmet Dalman to keep the Scot in the job.

When will we hear the end of this saga?

The chances are that it will be soon - and the outcome looks bleak for Mackay.

"I will not resign. I love my job here," the 41-year-old said on Monday, as quoted by Goal.

"I did feel I was going to lose my job on the weekend. The email deeply upset me. I declined to resign and expected to be sacked over the weekend. I've been asked to meet the owner... absolutely for the good of the club going forward."

And yet...

"I don't know if we can talk. Mehmet has been trying to do this for three months, as have I," he continued.

So this could be a parting of the ways between Cardiff and Mackay - but why?

The Bluebirds are 15th - four points off 11th - and have beaten Manchester City, great rivals Swansea and drawn with Manchester United so far this season.

But Tan, ridiculous with his expectations by the looks of it, is still not happy - even claiming that Mackay overspent in the summer transfer window.

Indeed, the Scot looks destined to be the next Premier League manager to go.

And who will be mad enough to work under Tan thereafter?

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