It is now official … football has gone absolutely stark raving mad!
When Cardiff City earned promotion to the Premier League at the end of last season Vincent Tan came down to embrace the manager Malky Mackay - but you could see that Mackay did not share the owner’s enthusiasm for an embrace.
With his comic outfit of high-waisted trousers, kit over shirt and fancy sunglasses he looked every bit the butt of every joke.
Now he has delivered the punchline.
You have to wonder how this guy - with seemingly no apathy toward the fan’s feelings ever got past the fit and proper test the FA champion.
Cardiff fans were 100% behind keeping hold of Mackay - who has a magnificent managerial career ahead of him, yet as soon as he got the chance, i.e. when Southampton spanked them at the weekend - he removed him from the position.
"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."
Tan has got his wish, Mackay is gone, and now he is free to employ anybody stupid or desperate enough to take over the role and work under a man who simply wanted to play pantomime villain this festive season.
Here are five potential options … if he hasn’t got a man lined up already…
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Now the Norwegian is apparently the board’s number one choice to take over in South Wales. After two successful seasons with Molde in Norway for a brief period at the start of last season it looked as if they would be battling relegation.
In the end they finished in mid-table but it seems Solskjaer may now decide to depart his hometown club and finally have a crack at English football.
However, would he be willing to work with this ramshackle board, time will tell.
Paolo Di Canio
If you are looking for somebody mad enough to take the job, look no further.
Di Canio and Tan would get on like a house on fire with their bizarre style of man-management and the Italian has previously stated he would only manage in the Premier League again.
Looking for somebody desperate for work and used to being governed by a mysterious commercial entity with little empathy toward their own fans.
Well look no further than Steve Kean.
He is currently manager of an obscure side in Singapore - and would probably jump at the chance of Premier League management.
However he would not be a popular choice with the fans. A former Swansea City player and a poor record at Blackburn seeing to that.
Then again, Tan has quite literally never listened to his fans.
Looking for somebody desperate enough to take the job? Look no further than are old friend Sven.
The Swede has had eight jobs in the past six years and is currently working in China after time in Mexico, Ivory Coast, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.
Again, would be a widely unpopular decision - but what does Tan care.
A manager who perhaps did not get the credit he deserved for his work with Chelsea and forgotten after he flunked at West Ham.
He left Partizan Belgrade after guiding them to the Serbian Championship in 2012 and nowadays being linked with Malmo of Sweden and the Thai national team he would jump at the chance.
Again the fans would be in uproar - so he is the perfect option.
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