Mackay’s position as manager has been undermined following some strange decisions by owner Vincent Tan.
This is a remarkable development if true considering the Scotsman guided Cardiff into the top flight for the first time in 51 years just five months ago. The story arises after one of Mackay’s most trusted and respected backroom staff Iain Moody was replaced by 23-year-old Kazakhstani Alisher Apsalyamov, an apparent friend of the owners son.
Iain Moody was the man in charge of all of Cardiff’s transfer negotiations this summer and got them all done himself, because there was seemingly no one else to lend a hand. He made 47 flights in 60 days whilst undertaking the transfer activity. Moody is well respected in the game and has previously been an interpreter, a press office and a football agent before his appointment as the club’s head of recruitment.
There was obviously not enough respect from owner Vincent Tan, however. His replacement, Apsalyamov, is a multi-millionaire and rumours are that he may be involved with a future investment in the club. Moody has been placed on gardening leave until the end of the season in the meantime.
This decision has hugely undermined Malky Mackay, a much loved manager by the fans. His odds were quickly shortened from around 40/1 to 2/1 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his position. The club has denied reports that he was asked to stand down, but with the furore currently surrounding the club it wouldn’t be a surprise if Mackay was to follow Moody out the door. They both have an impressive CV and would be able to find work elsewhere relatively quickly.
This isn’t the first decision from Vincent Tan that has caused anger amongst Bluebirds fans. I say Bluebirds, but even that is a strange nickname now for a team who predominantly wear red, thanks to Tan believing this to be a lucky colour.
The Welsh side have started the season relatively well, with eight points they currently occupy 14th position in the league. A position they would be delighted with come the end of the season. But even with a win over Manchester City apparently the Malaysian owner is unhappy with their start. He thinks they have overspent and should be challenging for the top four.
Whilst Cardiff have got off to a good start, their Premier League status could be threatened if the foreign owner continues to make drastic changes. Foreign owners don’t have a great record in this country and yet again this seems to be a case of one taking an unorthodox approach to the ownership of a club.