Friday 27 December 2013

Cardiff manager Mackay relieved of his duties

Mackay dismissed after ninth Barclays Premier League defeat of campaign

Malky Mackay guided Cardiff to promotion to the Barclays Premier League last season

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has been relieved of his duties a day after the club suffered their ninth Barclays Premier League defeat of the season.

The 3-0 home defeat by Southampton on Thursday took Cardiff down to 16th place in the Barclays Premier League, a point above the relegation zone.

Mackay took charge of the club in June 2011 and guided them to their first ever League Cup final in his first season in charge, which they lost on penalties to Liverpool.

The following season the former Watford manager led the Bluebirds to the Championship title and secured their place in the Barclays Premier League for the first time in their history.

In their 18 matches in the Barclays Premier League under Mackay, Cardiff won four matches, drew five and lost nine.

A club statement by club owner Vincent Tan read: "There has been a good deal of publicity generated by and about Mr Malky Mackay over the last few months. Indeed far too much dirty linen has been exposed to the public gaze.

"But, I stress, not by me. Indeed, I have deliberately not responded to this, hoping that the Club can be judged on its football rather than personalised arguments about who said what to whom.

"I have, however, regretfully concluded that it is no longer fair to the Club, its players, its fans, or the public more generally, for this uncomfortable state of affairs to continue. Cardiff City Football Club means far too much to us all for it to be distracted by this."

David Kerslake and Joe McBride will take charge of the Cardiff City team for Saturday's Barclays Premier League match against Sunderland while a successor to Mackay will be announced in due course.

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Key Points

  • Cardiff relieve manager Malky Mackay of duties with immediate effect
  • A new first-team manager will be appointed and announced in due course
  • Mackay guided Bluebirds to promotion from the Championship last season