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Cardiff City fans at Anfield make their feelings clear

Cardiff City fans know what they want. Credit: PA

Cardiff City fans attending their club's Premier League match away at Liverpool made their feelings clear about the way the club is run by Malaysian owner Vincent Tan.

The match is being played amid much speculation surrounding the future of manager Malky Mackay, who was told in an email from Tan last Monday to resign or be sacked.

A Cardiff City supporter makes his opinion known Credit: PA
Some Cardiff City fans make their feelings clear. Credit: PA

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Cardiff chairman meets Tan to discuss Mackay future

Cardiff City owner, Vincent Tan, told manager Malky Mackay to resign or be sacked Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The future of Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay remains in doubt this morning, after the club's owner Vincent Tan sent Mackay a detailed letter by email on Monday, which concluded with the Malaysian ordering the Scot to quit the club or face being sacked.

Details of the email emerged on Thursday.

The former Watford boss has travelled to Liverpool with his squad for what could be his last game in charge.

Discussions between club directors took place throughout Friday, with Tan flying into the UK from Malaysia in the evening.

It's understood chairman Mehmet Dalman met with Tan in London on Friday night to discuss the situation.

Mackay regards Dalman as a close ally having helped him through the loss of Head of Recruitment Iain Moody in October.

But it is believed relations between Tan and Mackay have deteriorated to such an extent that there is little chance of the Bluebirds' boss escaping the axe, despite Dalman's attempt to intervene.

Earlier on Friday, Mackay had failed to attend a press conference to preview the Liverpool game, with his assistant David Kerslake being sent in his place and refusing to offer any information on his boss' predicament.

Tan's email to Mackay had outlined his grievances with the former Watford boss at great length.

Within it Tan was highly critical of Mackay's signings, style of play, results and record as a manager.

Mackay, who led Cardiff to the 2012 League Cup final before securing the Championship title last term, has previously stated he would not resign from his position, and it is believed it could cost Tan somewhere in the region of £3m to sack him with his contract running until 2016.

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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.

Hughes: 'Astounding' if Mackay forced out of Cardiff

Stoke City manager - and former Wales boss - Mark Hughes has said it would be "astounding" if Malky Mackay was forced out of Cardiff City.

Hughes said he believes Mackay has done an excellent job in getting Cardiff into the Premier League, but "it looks like the relationship between himself and his owner has completely broken down."

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.

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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."

Cardiff City fans hold protest outside stadium

Several dozen Cardiff fans have held a protest outside the Cardiff City Stadium, holding banners and chanting their support for Malky Mackay and objection to Vincent Tan's running of the club.

Fans held banners declaring their opposition to the change of Cardiff shirts from blue to red.
The fans' banners also declared: 'Tan Out, Malky In.'

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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