The Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust has called on the club’s owner Vincent Tan to back manager Malky Mackay after reports he was asked to resign.
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Mackay’s future at the newly promoted Premier League side is in doubt after head of recruitment Iain Moody was placed on gardening leave and replaced by Alisher Apsalyamov, a 23-year-old who is believed to have spent the summer on work experience at the club.
There has so far been no official comment from the club on speculation about Mackay’s future, but Tim Hartley, chair of the supporters’ trust, is quoted by the Guardian as saying that current events could prove to be "hugely damaging" in their first season in the top-flight since 1962.
"Fans will be concerned with the recent behind-the-scene developments at Cardiff City which appear to put into question the future of our manager, Malky Mackay," Hartley said. "Supporters are surprised that someone who appears to have little hands-on experience has been put in charge of transfers at the football club.
"Fans want Malky Mackay, who has done a fantastic job as manager taking the club to the Premier League, to remain at Cardiff City. We don't want to see any action taken to undermine his position as manager and Cardiff City's efforts to have a successful first season in the top division.
"There are fears that the current developments could drive Malky into the arms of another Premier League club and that would be hugely damaging for the Bluebirds. Malky is a talented manager who has huge respect among the fans for what he has delivered. Fans deserve a clear statement on the position from the club on what has been happening and Malky's position needs to be made perfectly clear."
Former England manager Graham Taylor was chairman of Watford when Mackay was manager and believes there is a serious prospect of the Scot leaving Cardiff. "I think there is a distinct possibility of that," said Taylor. "On the face of it, if you are the manager of all things football you are being usurped. I cannot believe the decision to replace Iain. I just cannot believe it. It is a very, very strange situation."