Malky Mackay Becomes The New Cardiff City Manager After Leaving Watford

Mark Cohen by Mark Cohen / 17 June 2011, 14:56

Cardiff City have today appointed Malky Mackay as their new manager after Watford reluctantly granted the 39-year-old permission to speak with them yesterday. Mackay takes over from Dave Jones who was sacked at the end of May following Cardiff's play-off failure.

The Bluebirds put an end to Jones' six-year stay at the club last month in order to mount a fresh charge for promotion next season. Alongside Mackay, the former Newcastle managers Chris Hughton and Alan Shearer were the heavy favourites in the betting. But on Wednesday Shearer, who earlier this week was briefly the odds-on favourite for the job, revealed that he no longer wanted to be considered as a candidate. Other managers that were linked with the club include ex-West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo, St Johnstone's Derek McInnes and ex-Barnsley boss Mark Robins.

Mackay took charge of Watford in June 2009 after Brendan Rodgers left the Hornets to join Reading. In his first season in charge Mackay led Watford to a respectable 16th place finish in the Championship after the club had been hovering dangerously above the relegation zone for most of the season. Last season he guided the club to 14th and gained plaudits for his competitive and attacking mindset. But it appears that the lure of Cardiff and the prospect of promotion to the Premier League proved too much for the former Norwich City player.

MacKay faces a tough opening game in charge against West Ham on 6th August, but he knows that before he even thinks about this game he will have to re-build the squad after the recent departure of 12 players, including last season's top scorer Jay Bothroyd and fellow striker Michael Chopra. Bet365 have Cardiff available at 18/1 to win the Championship next season and 11/2 to get promoted.

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