Cardiff City coy on Malky Mackay's future

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 20 December 2013, 10:54

Malky MackayThe future of Malky Mackay remains a mystery following a bizarre press conference on Friday morning during which the club forced assistant boss David Kerslake to sit in front of a sea of demanding journalists. Kerslake was clearly uncomfortable during the excruciating conference, where the subject of Mackay was strictly off limits, much to the dismay and fury of reporters.

All the outrage stems from the clearly innocuous comments made by Mackay in a response to a question on the club’s January transfer plans. The 41-year-old said that he was looking to bring in a couple of new recruits in early 2014. It is safe to say that a furiousTan didn't react too well to this information, and wasted no time in telling Mackay that he would not be given a single penny to spend in January, having already splashed out up to £50million during the summer.

Tan then went a step further on Thursday night by making the perplexing decision to send Mackay a livid letter, via email, that was splattered with criticisms and complaints. The Malaysian businessman ended the rant by giving the Scot a shock ultimatum: resign or be sacked.

On the outside it looks like Mackay is being harshly treated by the club’s controversial owner Vincent Tan, who is set to fly to the UK tonight (Friday). It now seems inevitable that the popular Scot, who is as short as 1/16 (Bet Victor) in the Premier League Sack Race, will leave the club, although it is not yet known whether he will resign or be sacked.

The in-demand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is also being hotly linked with West Brom, is currently the favourite in the Next Cardiff City Manager Market. Other names in the running include Turkish coach Yilmaz Cural, Croatian Roberto Jarni and former boss Dave Jones. Meanwhile Sven Goran Eriksson can be found at 16/1, with Cardiff legend Craig Bellamy available at 16/1.

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