venerdì 20 dicembre 2013

Malky Mackay is under fire

Malky Mackay's position as Cardiff City manager is even more in jeopardy. His decision to not attend his prematch news conference on Friday made the situation more uncertain. This is the last point in the escalating war between Mackay and club’s owner Vincent Tan: after Cardiff's 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, Mackay expressed his thought about team situation, affirming the hope his team’s management would be able to “bring in three quality additions to the squad.” Tan didn’t liked that as he issued a statement, through a detailed email he sent the manager, claiming to be upset with Mackay, raising criticisms of his work on signings, transfer budgets, results conservative style of play on the pitch, asking him to resign or be fired. Tan also added that the £15m they spent in the summer was the main reason that lead to the fire of former head of recruitment Iain Moody and told "not a single penny" would be available to spend in the January transfer window. But Macaky did a decent job with Cardiff. Mackay's record while in charge at Cardiff speaks for him. His work have been good enough to win the Championship last season and to collect 17 points out from 16 games this one, maintaining his team four points off the relegation zone. He also brought in some quality players like Steven Caulker, Gary Medel and Kevin Theophile-Catherine. His team was also solid, although not spectacular, on the pitch, producing big wins over teams as Manchester City and Swansea and good draws against Everton and Manchester United. The relationship between Tan and Mackay is a broken one and seems hard to repair. Rumors are that Cardiff have already started to consider possible replacements, including  Roberto di Matteo and Gianfranco Zola, with the highly touted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also into the frame. Firing Mackay could be the last act in a three seasons saga of Tan as owner of Cardiff City. A period in which the Malaysian billionaire went from changing the club's colours to interfering in team affairs. So, will Mackay be in charge at Anfield next week?  Nobody can say it and next hours will be probably crucial. The reality seems to be as the end has been already wrote since Moody was sacked. Mackay is loved by Cardiff City fans and players and will have no problem to move to another job if fired. Questions will remain about a club that appear to be in complete turmoil and owned by a man that Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, accused of knowing "absolutely nothing about football". Stay tuned.

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