Malky Mackay has been sacked by Cardiff City following the 3-0 defeat to Southampton on Boxing Day.
It’s been a turbulent week for Mackay, as he was told by owner Vincent Tan via email to ‘resign or be sacked’, but made a U-turn on the decision after speaking with chairman Mehmet Dalman.
Cardiff, newly-promoted from the Championship, were enjoying a decent campaign in regard to their survival hopes. However, following back-to-back defeats to Liverpool and Southampton, Tan has taken it upon himself to remove Mackay from the helm. The Malaysian owner feels the style of play shown under Mckay this season has correlated in the poor run of results seen in recent weeks. In fear of facing a relegation battle, Tan has opted for change in South Wales.
Fans staged a protest prior to the Southampton defeat and many managers have given their support to Mackay during this difficult period. Many are in disbelief his job was ever under threat considering how the side were in a relatively safe league position.
The Bluebirds, whose logo was changed to a dragon and now play in red due to Tan, are currently in 16th place – 17 points from 18 games. During his time in charge, Mackay enjoyed famous victories against Manchester City, fierce rivals Swansea City, and a well-earned 2-2 draw against Premier League holders Manchester United.
Molde manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been speaking with the club as Mackay’s potential replacement, while Sven Goran Erikssen and Celtic’s Neil Lennon have also been named.