Club owner Vincent Tan has swung the axe on Malky Mackay. Tan had expressed his disappointment at Mackay's request for funds in the January transfer window, and pointed the finger at his former manager, suggesting that he was responsible for making their private disagreements public.
Tan said in a statement: 'Far too much dirty linen has been exposed to the public gaze but, I stress, not by me'.
The whole Cardiff saga is surely yet another example of foreign owners of Premier League clubs making outrageous decisions and expecting far too much in too short a time. Exactly what was Vincent Tan expecting of Malky Mackay anyways ?
When Mackay left Watford to join Cardiff he had just 10 players in his squad. He brought his own players in, and took them to the Championship play-offs as well (as the League Cup Final) in his first season. Although Cardiff lost to West Ham in the play-offs and Liverpool in the Cup Final, it didn't stop there - The Bluebirds came back even stronger the following season, winning the Championship by eight points.
This season, their first in the Premier League ever, Cardiff have already beaten Manchester City and drawn with Manchester United. They now sit in 16th place, and although recent results have been disappointing, the goings-on behind the scenes were surely affecting the club.
Mackay did an excellent job at Cardiff and it's highly unlikely he will be out of work for long. He has shown in his relatively short managerial career that he is a huge talent.
As for Cardiff, it will be intriguing to see who will be brought in to replace Mackay. Whilst fans won't be quick to jump with excitement at the new arrival, the incoming manager will step into a job with great potential (as long as Tan takes a back seat, which at the moment looks unlikely). And that's the one major question mark - Tan's behaviour could make potential managers wary, and it may be difficult to attract in a strong personality.
Mackay has become the sixth manager to lose his job this season in the Premier League (five of the bottom six clubs have now wielded the axe this term), and he won't be the last.
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