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Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has spoken publicly for the first time since his future was cast into doubt, after the departure of his close freind and head of recruitment Iain Moody.
Mackay apologised to fans for what he called a "disappointing" time - and he went on to say that he was never asked to leave club, or considered doing so.
Cardiff City Supporters' Trust has thanked manager Malky Mackay for his apology to fans this morning, after a recent period of uncertainty and speculation surrounding the club, but says "it is the club and its senior management who should be saying sorry."
The fans' group has reiterated its calls for more transparency at the club, with more information given to supporters.
Malky Mackay began his press conference this morning by apologising to Cardiff City's fans.
He said: "I am really sorry for our fans for what they've been through over the last couple of weeks", and that he is "as disappointed as they are" at the recent uncertainty and speculation surrounding the the club.
He paid tribute to the work of former head of recruitment Iain Moody and said he wanted to clarify that "we absolutely were under budget this summer", and that an overspend was not the reason for his departure, as has been reported.
He also wanted to clarify "under no circumstances was I asked to resign and at no time have I thought of resigning from the football club."
Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has insisted that he has not been asked to resign, or himself considered resigning, during recent uncertainty at the club.
He also said the controversial departure of his head of recruitment was not down to a transfer budget overspend.
Mackay's press conference this morning ahead of tomorrow's game against Chelsea was the first time he has spoken about the issue, after trusted lieutenant Iain Moody was replaced with 23-year-old Kazakhstani Alisher Apsalyamov, thought to be a friend of Cardiff owner Vincent Tan's son.
Mackay said: "Iain is an absolute class act as far as I am concerned. He has done a very impressive job for the football club. In one of the periods of success at the football club, he has had a huge part to play in the restructuring of my squad."
"He helped bring in more than 20-odd players and he is someone who had a huge part to play in the current success, who will be missed by everyone who works for out football club. He leaves with my utmost gratitude and respect. I would say our loss will be someone's huge gain."
"One thing I would clarify, as I have read a few things over the past couple of weeks, is that we were absolutely under budget this summer. I want to clarify that. That is what I have to say about Iain."
"As far as I am concerned, again for clarification, under no circumstances was I asked to resign and at no time have I thought of resigning from the football club."
He then refused to answer any other questions on the subject.
Cardiff City's Supporter's Trust have issued a statement, responding to the statement issued by the club in the wake of yesterday's board meeting.
Keith Morgan, a member of the board of Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust, said:
The Board of Directors for Cardiff City will be restructured, according to a statement released by the club today.
It follows speculation over the future of Malky Mackay's position with the club, and calls from the Cardiff City Supporter's Club for more transparency in decisions made.
The restructure will include a number of new committees, including a special committee for the expansion of Cardiff City Stadium and a Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee to help the Manager deal with player purchases and sales.
Cardiff City Supporters' Trust have reiterated their support for manager Malky Mackay.
In a statement today, Cardiff fans said: "Despite yesterday's board meeting supporters are still concerned about the long term future of our manager. There is confusion over the departure of Iain Moody with Malky Mackay's agent now stating that he will make a statement if the club remains silent.
The group also calls for a 'full explanation' about what happened in yesterday's meeting.
They added: "We reiterate our support for Malky Mackay who has been one of the best managers in the club’s history."
Cardiff striker Craig Bellamy has pledged his support to manager Malky Mackay, hailing him as the "best young British manager."
But he told ITV Sport that he feels Cardiff are "worse off" without former head of recruitment Iain Moody. Read more at ITV Sport.
Cardiff City have issued a statement in which club owner Vincent Tan pledges support to manager Malky Mackay.
The club has faced criticism in recent days with the departure of head of recruitment Iain Moody, with a 23-year-old work experience student being put in charge of transfers instead.
“I have every faith in Malky and his team to lead us through the challenges of the Premier League. I have supported him in the past and will do so in the future for many years to come" said Vincent Tan.
“I would say to all Cardiff City fans and everyone connected to the club, let us look forward to the future and remain united in our support of the team.”
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Cardiff Supporters' Trust have pledged their support for Malky Mackay, but call for more transparency