Cardiff manager Mackay 'expected sack'

Malky Mackay's future as Cardiff City manager looks secure for the time being but he said he expected to be sacked at the weekend following an ultimatum from Bluebirds' owner Vincent Tan.

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  1. Nick Hartley

Mackay's future in the balance as Tan flies into the UK

Malky Mackay remains in charge of Cardiff City tonight, and has travelled with his team ready to face Liverpool tomorrow after 24 hours of rumour and speculation.

It began with the revelations yesterday that Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan had, earlier this week, sent Mackay a message telling him to either resign or be sacked.

Tonight Tan will hold meetings in London to discuss Mackay's future.

Today, though, fans reacted angrily to the uncertainty surrounding the manager they have come to love.


Mackay seen at Cardiff Airport to fly with players

Malky Mackay arrived at Cardiff Airport this afternoon, to fly to Liverpool with his players for Cardiff City's match at Anfield in the Premier League tomorrow lunchtime.

Cardiff owner Vincent Tan was also due to arrive in the UK this afternoon, before he attends the Liverpool game.

Mackay remains Cardiff manager currently, having been issued with a "resign or be sacked" ultimatum by Tan earlier in the week.

Celtic manager: Mackay has done great job at Cardiff

Celtic's Neil Lennon is the latest manager to come to the support of Malky Mackay, over his rift with Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan.

The 41-year-old Scot is still in charge of Cardiff as things stand, but was issued a "resign or be sacked" ultimatum by Malaysian owner Tan earlier this week.

Lennon said Mackay has been "magnificent" during his two-and-a-half years as Cardiff manager. "He's done a fantastic job. I don't know what more he can do."

"I really don't see what the problem is with him, and why the owner wants to get involved in such a way that's disruptive to what Malky and his backroom team and his players are doing."


Reaction to 'extraordinary debacle' at Cardiff City

Former player Gary Lineker and outspoken football fan Alastair Campbell have been giving their views on the rift between Vincent Tan and Malky Mackay at Cardiff City - as well as plenty of Bluebirds fans.

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Full press conference with Cardiff City assistant

Cardiff City assistant manager David Kerslake faced the media in a tense press conference this morning, standing in for Malky Mackay who was due to appear.

He repeatedly refused to answer questions about Mackay's future, revealing only "Malky is in the pavilion" [at the training ground], and, when asked if Mackay will still be in charge tomorrow against Liverpool, "nobody has said anything different to me."

Cardiff assistant: Mackay preparing for game as usual

Cardiff City assistant manager Kerslake said at this morning's press conference: "I am here to talk about the Liverpool match, I came in this morning and was asked to do the press conference.

"Malky is in the training pavilion as we speak, we are just here to talk about the game."

David Kerslake followed Malky Mackay from Watford to Cardiff. Credit: PA

When asked if Mackay was still in charge, Kerslake answered: "No one has said any different to me, everything has been as normal. Players have got on with their jobs. Without being boring it has been a normal week."

A club spokesman later stepped in to say: "Malky Mackay is unavailable to speak to the media, the assistant manager is here."

When faced with further queries on Mackay, Kerslake said: "I will answer any questions you have about the game of football tomorrow."

  1. Nick Hartley, Sports Reporter

Tense press conference with Mackay absent

I was at a very tense press conference this morning at the Vale Resort.

Malky Mackay was expected to speak to the media, but, at late notice, that was changed to his assistant manger David Kerslake.

Kerslake was repeatedly asked about Mackay's position, and the uncertainty at the club, but refused to answer any of those questions, wanting to focus solely on tomorrow's game at Liverpool.

Kerslake did say Mackay is in the training centre this morning, and due to take training.

As of this morning, Mackay is still the club's manager, and preparations continue for tomorrow's game.

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