Questions over future of Cardiff manager Mackay

Speculation over the future of Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay is continuing, after the club suspended one of the most trusted members of his backroom staff.

Head of recruitment Iain Moody, who worked for Mackay during his time at Watford before moving to South Wales with him in 2011, has been replaced by Alisher Apsalyamov, a 23-year-old from Kazakhstan.

The South Wales Echo says a huge question mark has been thrown over Mackay's future. Credit: PA

The Western Mail and South Wales Echo are reporting that Bluebirds chief executive Simon Lim answered "no comment", when asked if Mackay had been asked to resign.

Apsalyamov is thought to be a friend of owner Vincent Tan's son and appears to have no previous experience in football.

Mackay has regularly praised Moody's scouting and recruitment work at Cardiff, where he has helped to bring in players including Steven Caulker, Gary Medel, Kevin Theophile-Catherine and Fraizer Campbell.

This fallout comes just days after it was revealed that owner Tan had been in a dispute with Cardiff players over bonus payments.

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Mackay 'not asked to resign'

Malky Mackay has spoken for the first time about the recent turmoil at Cardiff City. He denied he has been asked to resign, and said the departure of head of recruitment Iain Moody was not due to a transfer budget overspend.