Malky Mackay Tops The Poll For Harshest Sacking of 2013!

Mick Bates by Mick Bates / 22 January 2014, 14:37

Many thanks to all those visitors who the took the time to vote in our recent poll about which manager across the four English divisions was on the receiving end of the harshest sacking of 2013.

The poll has now been closed and all the votes that have been cast have been put through a supercomputer; checked and triple checked, and the clear winner is former Cardiff City manager, Malky Mackay. 

Malky MackayMackay trumped the poll receiving a whopping 44% of the 843 votes cast by readers of the Sackrace.com, he was followed by former Southampton boss Nigel Adkins who received 20% of the votes following his dismissal from St Mary's at the start of the year despite a run of five unbeaten games. West Brom manager Steve Clarke, who was sacked in mid December, claimed third spot with 14% of the vote.

Mackay’s sacking came at the hands of Cardiff’s owner Vincent Tan, who is seemingly doing his best to single handily upset the Cardiff City faithful (his antics include; changing the team's home kit from blue to red, adding a dragon alongside the traditional bluebird on the club's crest and proposing to change the name from Cardiff City to Cardiff Dragons). The sacking of the much respected Mackay, who moved to the Welsh capital from Watford in 2011 before guiding the club to Premier League promotion last season, only acts to illustrate what City fans are up against and  it is no surprise to see Mackay's dismissal as the harshest of 2013! 

Gus Poyet’s on air sacking during the Confederations Cup attracted just 9% of the votes with many believing that the manager was fully aware that his days at the club were numbered before the news broke.

There were also several shouts for former Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas, who lost his job despite having the highest win percentage of any manager at White Hart Lane in the last 100 years (source BBC). However, he also managed to spend over £100m during the Summer and failed to deliver the results that are expected from such a shopping spree. 

Former Man City boss, Roberto Mancini, received 11% of votes following his departure from the Etihad just 12 months after winning the Premier League title, but the club's failure to progress in the Champions League is believed to be the reason why the Italian's tenure in the North West was cut short. Now, with City on course to win 'the quad' after reaching the last 16 of Europe for the first time, it could be argued that City may have made the right decision. 

Overall, there is no doubting that Malky Mackay is fully deserving of the inaugural, Harshest Sacking of the Year Award. Congratulations Commiserations, Malky, from all at thesackrace.com.

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