Cardiff - Cardiff manager Malky Mackay was sacked on Friday, the Scot relieved
of his duties the day after the English Premiership side were defeated 3-0
at home by Southampton.
Mackay's acrimonious departure comes
despite the club granting him a reprieve last weekend after
controversial Malaysian owner Vincent Tan's e-mail demanding he either
resign or be sacked.
That ultimatum was briefly lifted when
chairman Mehmet Dalman stated Mackay would be in charge for the
"forseeable future", but the 3-0 Boxing Day defeat against Southampton
proved to be the ex-Watford boss' last in charge.
A statement on
the Cardiff website read: "The Board of Directors at Cardiff City
Football Club have today relieved Malky Mackay of his duties.
"A new first team manager will be appointed and announced in due course."
email had included a list of grievances with the former Watford
manager, and Mackay said he had been left "deeply upset" by its content.
has been ill-feeling between the two since Tan's removal of Iain Moody
as his head of recruitment in October, and the owner was said to be
furious at Mackay's hopes of adding to his squad in January, which
resulted in last week's incendiary email.
Mackay had twice
requested a meeting with Tan and Dalman this week in order to discuss
their differences, but the Scot revealed the Malaysian had turned them
He refused to step down however but it looked like the axe
would fall after last Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield,
until the reprieve which was to prove shortlived.
Mackay, who has
been linked with the vacancy at West Brom, had launched a staunch
defence of his performance as manager, which Tan criticised in his email
Thursday's loss left the Bluebirds, who under
42-year-old Mackay won promotion to the top flight last season, just a
point above the relegation zone.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers stuck up for his friend, and expressed confidence that he would bounce back from this reverse.
guy has given that club so much, he'll go down in history as the
manager to take them to the Premier League," Rodgers told a press
He added: "He'll recover and come back fighting and show what a great manager he is."
those in the frame to replace Mackay are former Manchester United
striker and Molde manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, Sven-Goran Eriksson and
Turkish journeyman Yilmaz Vural.
Earlier Friday, Vural's agent
Muzzi Ozcan had tweeted: "The story is coming to a End in Wales and a
new story will be born ... The next 48 hours will be explosive!"
When news of Mackay's sacking broke, he added: "New page has been turned over as I said .... Wish the best for MM."
fans have been backing their now former manager with chants of "Don't
sack Malky Mackay" heard among the home support on Thursday.
is the sixth Premier League manager to leave his job this season, his
dismissal following those of Andre Villas-Boas (Tottenham), Steve Clarke
(West Brom), Martin Jol (Fulham), Ian Holloway (Crystal Palace), and
Paolo Di Canio (Sunderland).
Mackay leaves his post having guided Cardiff to the League Cup final in 2012 and the Championship title in 2013.
They lie 16th in the Premier League, one point above the relegation zone.