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Ex-England internationals react to Mackay sacking

Former England players have reacted to the sacking of Cardiff manager Malky Mackay, saying that it was a "shame".

'Unfair' for Cardiff manager saga to continue, says Tan

Cardiff City's owner, Vincent Tan, has issued a statement on his decision to sack manager Malky Mackay, saying it was "no longer fair" for the "uncomfortable state of affairs" around his posting to continue, according to Wales Online.

Cardiff City's owner, Vincent Tan, has spoken out on his sacking of manager Malky Mackay Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"There has been a good deal of publicity generated by and about Mr Malky Mackay over the last few months," Tan said. "Indeed far too much dirty linen has been exposed to the public gaze.

"But, I stress, not by me. Indeed, I have deliberately not responded to this, hoping that the club can be judged on its football rather than personalised arguments about who said what to whom.

"I have, however, regretfully concluded that it is no longer fair to the club, its players, its fans, or the public more generally, for this uncomfortable state of affairs to continue. Cardiff City Football Club means far too much to us all for it to be distracted by this."

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Eriksson among early favourites for Cardiff City job

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is among the early favourites to replace Malky Mackay as Cardiff City manager.

The popular Scot was sacked by owner Vincent Tan today after an acrimonious final few weeks in charge.

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is believed to be in the running. Credit: PA Wire

Ex-Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Yilmaz Vural, Dave Jones and Craig Bellamy are also rumoured to be in the running.

For more on the race to succeed Malky Mackay, visit ITV Football

Fans protested against controversial owner yesterday

Hundreds of Cardiff City fans gathered before the side's 3-0 home defeat to Southampton to protest against owner Vincent Tan.

Fans have been unhappy with the Malaysian businessman who changed the club's colours from blue to red and sent Malky Mackay an email demanding he resign or be sacked.

Despite the ultimatium being briefly lifted, the 3-0 Boxing Day defeat against Southampton proved to be the 42-year-old's final game in charge.

A large group of fans protested against the controversial owner. Credit: PA Wire
Fans of all ages turned out with posters to show their anger about the way Vincent Tan is running the club. Credit: PA Wire
Fans show their support for the Scottish manager. Credit: PA Wire

Cardiff City: Malky Mackay 'relieved of duties'

Cardiff City have relieved Malky Mackay of his duties following a 3-0 home defeat to Southampton yesterday.

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.

The decision follows a period of unrest at the club, after owner Vincent Tan told Mackay to either resign or be sacked last week.

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Brendan Rodgers: Mackay an 'outstanding' manager

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, a close friend of Cardiff manager Malky Mackay, has warned owner Vincent Tan he was making a mistake in getting rid of the Scot.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers Credit: PA

Rodgers said: "I spent some time with Malky last night....He is an outstanding manager and the dignity he has shown has been remarkable."

"This is a cut-throat business and you can lose your job very quickly but it is hard to accept someone losing their job when they have done such a good job.

"The sadness for him (Mackay) is it is nothing to do with that."

Mackay: I won't be walking away as Cardiff manager

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay made it "crystal clear" he will not resign despite pressure from owner Vincent Tan to do so.

On Thursday the Bluebirds boss was given an ultimatum by Tan to resign or be sacked.

Malky Mackay applauds the Cardiff City fans after the final whistle at Anfield Credit: PA

Mackay told a conference: "I am someone who will absolutely not resign, I don't think there is any need for that to happen.

"I will be in work tomorrow if it is anything to do with me. One thing I can tell you is that I won't be resigning as the manager of the football club."

Find out more at ITV Wales.

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