Former-Cardiff boss Malky Mackay has revealed that he is now ready to return to management and there is a host of clubs looking at appointing the former-Cardiff boss this summer.
The Scot is highly-rated and it seems he could be back in football sooner, rather than later.
Mackay has revealed he enjoyed competing against the best coaches in the world. The Scot told Sky Sports: “I really enjoyed testing myself against the best coaches in the world,”
“We had some tough games and there are times during those games that you really see the difference in world class players. Other times we competed really well and we managed to beat the champions (Manchester City), which Cardiff should be proud of.”
When asked about the vacant position at Norwich he continued by saying: “There are various teams at the moment out there who don’t have a manager and like everyone else I just have to wait and see. But I’m looking to get back into management as quickly as possible.”
Mackay is second favourite for the Canaries job at odds of 15/8, but he has also been linked with a number of clubs including West Brom. Southampton are also believed to be monitoring Mackay’s situation, as Tottenham continue to be linked with a move for their highly-rated boss Mauricio Pochettino as a replacement for Tim Sherwood.
From what he has displayed so far in his short managerial career, he is more than capable of managing a team in the top-flight. Mackay was the man that finally got the Bluebirds into the top-flight, after years of disappointing close shaves under Dave Jones.
It really would not surprise me if Mackay did get a Premier League job this summer. Not only are the aforementioned clubs looking for new bosses, but West Ham boss Sam Allardyce’s future is also in question. Mackay helped the Hammers to promotion in his playing days and a return to Upton Park cannot be ruled out this summer.
Despite being sacked by Cardiff earlier in the season, Mackay is regarded as one of the best up-and-coming young British bosses in the game. His sacking was more down to a difference in personality with dictatorial Bluebirds owner Vincent Tan.
The Malaysian businessman seemed determined to get rid of the popular Mackay one way or another. The decision to sack Mackay and appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backfired spectacularly as the Welsh side were relegated from the top-flight.
Mackay was treated very poorly by the Cardiff hierarchy and I think it would be fair to say that a lot of Bluebirds fans would rather have seen the back of their controversial owner, than their popular boss.
It also seems that some Cardiff fans believe that their club would still be in the Premier League had Mackay stayed.
Mr Tan’s gamble of firing the boss and hiring a new one did not pay-off and it could be Mackay that is in the Premier League next season and not his former club.
Malky Mackay may not been a glamorous foreign boss, but he is a very promising young British boss who has already shown a lot of his managerial acumen by getting Cardiff promoted to the top-flight. At the right club and given time, I do believe that Mackay can become a very good Premier League manager.
Cardiff’s loss will very likely become some other clubs gain this summer, as Malky Mackay jumps on the managerial merry-go-round this summer. With a big reputation and a determination to do well, no doubt the Scot will land on his feet this summer.
Which club will appoint Malky Mackay this summer?