London - Iain Moody has resigned as sporting director of Premier League side
Crystal Palace on Thursday after a file alleging misconduct during his
time with Cardiff was sent by the Welsh club to the Football
According to a report in Britain's Daily Mail, the
file alleges that both Moody and Malky Mackay, who was sacked as Cardiff
manager by Malaysian owner Vincent Tan in December 2013, sent a series
of racist, sexist and homophobic text messages to one another during
their time with the Welsh side.
Two months after Mackay's departure his right-hand man Moody was fired by Cardiff, going on to join Palace's management staff.
Palace statement issued Thursday said: "In light of the events of
yesterday, sporting director Iain Moody has tendered his resignation and
it has been accepted with immediate effect.
"There will be no further comment from the club on this matter."
Mail reported the dossier had come to light after Cardiff engaged
London-based law firm Mischon de Reya, whose investigators obtained a
High Court writ to enter Moody's house in Balham, south London, where
they seized work computers and phones.
Caretaker manager Keith
Millen, who will take charge of Palace's Premier League clash at home to
West Ham on Saturday, said Moody's exit would be a blow to the south
"Iain was brought in to do a job to recruit and scout players, and Iain was experienced at that job," Millen said.
"The chairman will now have to look at that situation, to see whether he wants to bring someone in."
Moody's departure would appear to have closed the door on Mackay succeeding Tony Pulis as Palace manager.- Mackay's 'good track record' -
Millen, a candidate for the full-time post himself, said Mackay would have been well-suited to taking charge at Selhurst Park.
"Malky has got a good track record: I think he's used to working with players that want to work hard for him," Millen explained.
"The way he set his teams up, they were successful and organised.
"And that's our DNA as a club and a squad, to make sure we work hard for each other, there's a great togetherness in the group."
guided Cardiff to the Premier League after a 51-year absence from
English football's top flight but that didn't stop Tan sacking both him
Cardiff on Thursday declined to make any public comment on the dossier and the matter is now in the hands of the FA.
The FA has confirmed it has received a detailed account of issues related to Mackay and Moody.
An FA spokesman said: "The FA can confirm it is currently investigating this matter."
candidates to fill the managerial vacancy at Palace include former
Norwich and Newcastle boss Chris Hughton as well as Tim Sherwood,
previously in charge of Tottenham Hotspur.
After he was sacked by
Cardiff, Mackay launched a 7.5million ($12.4 million, 9.4 million euros)
legal claim against Tan for compensation but dropped the claim in May
and apologised to the Bluebirds' owner.
Earlier this week Palace were fined by the Premier League for their part in the 'spygate' saga involving Cardiff last April.
Premier League determined that Palace had breached their 'good faith'
rule by obtaining information about Cardiff's team ahead of their 3-0
win when the two clubs were relegation rivals.
The Welsh club had
complained to the Premier League that Moody had contacted Cardiff
employees for information in the build-up to the game.
Millen added: "Each day something has unfolded, something has come out, so it's been difficult.
"I had a brief chat with the players about staying focused, and the lads have been fine, they are resilient as a group."