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Cardiff sack manager Mackay after dispute with Tan

Published on Dec 28, 2013 5:03 AM
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Cardiff City supporters hold up a banner to protest to club owner Vincent Tan before their English Premier League soccer match against Southampton at Cardiff City Stadium on December 26. -- PHOTO:REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - The protracted disagreement between Cardiff City chairman Vincent Tan and manager Malky Mackay reached its inevitable conclusion on Friday when the Scot was sacked seven months after winning promotion to the Premier League.

In a statement on their website (www.cardiffcity.co.uk), the Welsh club said: "The Board of Directors at Cardiff City have relieved Malky Mackay of his duties. A new first team manager will be appointed in due course." Mr Mackay, 41, who had been Cardiff manager since June 2011, ended their 51-year absence from the top flight in May when they gained automatic promotion to the Premier League after winning The Championship (second division).

He was widely respected for the job he did and hugely popular with fans who have protested in recent weeks against Mr Tan, the equally unpopular Malaysian owner of the club who initially angered supporters by changing their kit from blue shirts to red before the start of last season.

In a statement issued after the sacking, Mr Tan said: "Far too much dirty linen has been exposed to the public gaze, but I stress, not by me. Indeed I have deliberately not responded to this, hoping the club can be judged by its football rather than personalised arguments about who said what to whom.

 
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