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Cardiff Owner Issues Ultimatum to Manager Malky Mackay: Resign Or Be Sacked

malky mackay Cardiff Owner Issues Ultimatum to Manager Malky Mackay: Resign Or Be Sacked

The public arguments between Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan and Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay have escalated to the point that Tan has told Mackay to resign or risk being sacked, according to a report by BBC Sport.

Tan reportedly sent a highly critical e-mail to Mackay, where he warned the manager to resign or he will be sacked.

The tense situation between club owner and manager erupted last weekend after Mackay said he wanted three signings in the January transfer window to strengthen his Welsh side. Tan released a statement that declared that “not a single penny will be made available in January” to Mackay.

The Scot responded two days ago by stating that he would not resign, despite speculation that his position at Cardiff was untenable given the situation.

But the drama exploded again this week in two developments. The first being Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who faces Cardiff in the Premier League this weekend, who criticized Vincent Tan:

“My only conclusion when I look from the outside is you’ve got a business guy operating the club who obviously knows nothing about football.”

Now with the reliable source of BBC Sport reporting that Mackay received an ultimatum via e-mail on Monday, it’s yet another twist in the bizarre legacy of Tan at Cardiff City Football Club. There’s no reason why Mackay would resign. If he was sacked, he would receive a hefty severance package, so it appears that Tan is making a desperate move to unsettle Mackay, which is exactly what the club doesn’t need as it tries to avoid relegation in the English Premier League.

The plot thickens.

Editor’s note: For the latest Bluebirds news, analysis and opinion, visit the Cardiff City team page.


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