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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Cardiff owner Vincent Tan flying in today

Cardiff City have said Malaysian owner Vincent Tan is expected to fly into the UK later today.

It is thought his trip was pre-planned, as he is due to watch tomorrow's match against Liverpool at Anfield.

Tan and Mackay celebrated Cardiff's promotion to the Premier League in April. Credit: PA

It is understood there is currently no board meeting scheduled, but directors are believed to be in discussion about what steps to take next.

Cardiff City: Mackay still manager of club

Cardiff City say Malky Mackay is still the manager of the club.

Assistant manager David Kerslake repeatedly refused to take questions about the uncertainty at the club at this morning's press conference, wanting to focus on tomorrow's game with Liverpool.

Malky Mackay's assistant David Kerslake took this morning's press conference. Credit: PA

Kerslake did say that Mackay would still be taking training today.


'Turmoil' at Cardiff City dominates sports pages

The situation at Cardiff City dominates the sports pages of today's Welsh - and London - newspapers, with the message 'resign or be sacked' prominent.

Uncertainty at Cardiff City is again the focus of the sports pages.

The Sun reads 'Now Get Out' and says Mackay expects to be removed from his post on Monday, after Cardiff's game against Liverpool tomorrow.

The Telegraph says it will cost Cardiff owner Vincent Tan £3.5m to sack Mackay under the terms of his contract.

The Western Mail says former Cardiff manager Dave Jones is poised to return to the club as a potential director of football, if - or when - Mackay leaves.

The Times describes Cardiff as a club 'in turmoil.'

Mackay is due to speak at his weekly press conference in the next few minutes - we will have updates.

Mackay told to resign or be sacked

The future of Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has been cast into major doubt this evening after the club refused to deny reports that he has been told to resign or be sacked from his post by owner Vincent Tan.

A Cardiff City spokesperson said that the club would not be involved in any letters exchanged between the two individuals.

There's been speculation that Mackay was told to resign or be sacked.

Mackay's post has been under threat for several weeks since his relationship with the Bluebirds billionaire backer seemingly deteriorated over the decision to dismiss Mackay's head of recruitment and friend, Iain Moody, a move Tan later revealed was due to a summer overspend of £15m.

Earlier this week Tan again piled pressure on Mackay's post by issuing a statement through club Chief Executive Simon Lim.

The statement read:

"Tan Sri Vincent Tan was extremely upset to read quotes from the manager concerning the possibility of new recruits, before he had been informed whether funds would be made available."

"He believes that doing so unfairly raises supporter expectations, placing unnecessary pressure on the club."

"His view is that due to the funds already committed, including the originally authorised summer transfer budget of £35m that rose to £50m in total, including add-ons, the manager has been fully supported."

"The overspending of £15m has upset Tan Sri greatly, resulting in the removal on Iain Moody as head of recruitment. As such, he has stated that not a single penny will be made available in January."

"Having been the highest-spending promoted club and the seventh-highest spender in the Premier League last summer, the owner believes that the manager has been given the best possible chance of retaining our Premier League status."

Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers, a former adversary of Mackay's during his time in charge of Swansea City, has jumped to the Scot's defence over the situation.

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