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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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Mackay: I'm staying 'if it's got anything to do with me'

Malky Mackay says he will remain as Cardiff City manager "if it's got anything to do with me."

The Scot was speaking at a press conference following his side's 3-1 defeat at Liverpool, which came after intense speculation surrounding his future.

It emerged on Thursday that he had received an email from the club's Malaysian owner, Vincent Tan, telling him to resign or be sacked.

When asked whether he expected to remain in charge tomorrow and through the Christmas period, he said: "I will be if it's got anything to do with me.

"I won't be resigning as the manager of the football club. I'm proud of the job I've got here.

"I'm proud of the association I have and I couldn't look myself in the mirror to resign and walk away from the people that work for me - our training ground staff, our coaching staff, the staff at the stadium, that group of players there that I've got so much respect for."

And after losing to the Premier League leaders, the Scot also reiterated how proud he was of his players.

"I am proud of the way the players came out and showed great courage and belief in their ability in the second half and pushed Liverpool back - scored one (goal), had three or four other chances inside the six yard box and really were on the front foot," he said.

"I'm very proud of them for that and also the way that we then allowed our fans to really enjoy the second half in terms of making a game of it."

Cardiff City's next game is at home to Southampton on Boxing Day.

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