Monday, June 18, 2018

Malky Mackay should walk away from Cardiff fiasco

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 20 Dec 2013

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay has been given an ultimatum of resign or be sacked by Bluebirds owner Vincent Tan

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay has been given an ultimatum of resign or be sacked by Bluebirds owner Vincent Tan

According to Sky Sports, Cardiff owner Vincent Tan has given Malky Mackay an incredible ultimatum of quit or be sacked.

It is yet another ridiculous move by a foreign owner, following on from Assem Allam’s attempts to rename Hull City.


First off all I must express my admiration for Malky Mackay. The former-Watford boss is one of the most highly-rated young bosses in Britain and Cardiff are lucky to have him.

The Scot has guided the club to promotion, despite Mr Tan’s sometimes controversial behaviour.

Cardiff was trying for years to make it to the Premier League and Mackay finally managed to put together a team capable of making it to the promised land. It was Mackay’s man-management skills that have saw Cardiff in the Premier League for the first time.


Mr Tan may have invested his money in Cardiff, but he obviously needs some advice on football matters. He claims that Mackay overspent this summer, but he is the one who has to agree to every deal as owner surely?

Tan seems to be blaming everybody but himself for the clubs summer spending. Director of football Iain Moody, a close ally of Mackay’s lost his job because Mr Tan seemed to believe that he was responsible for the massive outlay this summer.

Now all of a sudden it is now seems like Tan believes that Mackay is responsible. Managers can only spend money they have and if the club overspent it must have been sanctioned by somebody. Tan is worried about overspending in the summer, yet if he sacks Mackay he will have to pay out compensation and find money for a new boss and coaching team.


Cardiff have been relatively successful this season. The Bluebirds are currently 15th in the Premier League, having achieved some eye-catching results against the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United.

Usually it is not easy for a team in their first season in the Premier League and survival has to be the main priority. That aim is well within the grasp of Cardiff at the moment, so if Tan is trying to accuse Mackay of underperforming in his role then he is clutching at straws.

Cardiff did spend big this summer, but two of those signings Gary Medel and Steven Caulker have made superb starts to their Cardiff careers. The other big money signing was highly-rated young Danish striker Andreas Cornelius.

The start of the youngsters Cardiff career has been hampered by injuries and he has not yet started a game for the Bluebirds. When he settles and is injury free he may well prove to be a very good signing.


Just like the fiasco with the changing of the clubs colours, Mr Tan again seems to have angered the Cardiff fans with his latest act. The fans are powerless to do anything about Mr Tan’s actions and will be the ones that suffer.

The only way that the fans can have their say is by protesting, but even that seems to get ignored by these power mad businessmen. Most of these foreign owners are worried about just one thing, money. They do not buy football clubs for the love of the game or team.

It is just a commodity that they eventually hope will reap them healthy rewards in a sale somewhere along the line. Owners have all the power, yet fans have all the passion and unfortunately there is not much that can be done about it.

The Cardiff City fans deserve better than an owner who makes such poor decisions on the part of their football club. The fans will be there long after Mr Tan has sold up.


It is believed that Cardiff are already looking for a replacement for Malky Mackay and he has not even left his job. I suppose it is only sensible from the clubs point of view, but the way the situation has been handled has been a total disgrace.

Walk away

Not only do Cardiff fans deserve better than the current situation, Malky Mackay also deserves better than his current predicament. The Scot is highly-rated and could easily find another position, maybe even in the Premier League.

Apart from the monetary loss of resigning, it seems that Malky Mackay actually cares about Cardiff City Football Club. However, for his sake it is probably best that the 41-year-old walks away from the job and goes to a club where the owners actually appreciate his ability.

If he does walk away it may seem like Mr Tan has won, but in the long-term the Cardiff owner may be making a big mistake by letting the Scot leave. Let’s face it, it would not be the first error he has made since buying Cardiff and it definitely will not be the last.

Should Malky Mackay walk away from Cardiff?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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