Mackay surprised to still be in charge

Daily Echo: Vincent Tan (left) with Malky Mackay Vincent Tan (left) with Malky Mackay

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay admits he expected to be sacked over the course of the weekend.

The Scot looked certain to lose his job after receiving an ultimatum from controversial Bluebirds' owner Vincent Tan to resign, or face the axe.

The demand came in an email sent to Mackay by Tan last Monday, in which he listed his grievances with the former Watford boss.

Mackay said in a press conference today that he had been left ''deeply upset'' by the email.

Mackay has stated on several occasions he will not resign and his departure looked imminent after the weekend loss at Liverpool, until chairman Mehmet Dalman released a statement on Sunday saying the 42-year-old would be in charge for the ''forseeable future'' while he tries to repair the fractured relationship between manager and owner.

Mackay, who now looks set to take charge of the Boxing Day clash against Saints, said: ''I did feel I was going to lose my job on the weekend.

''The email deeply upset me. I declined to resign and expected to be sacked over the weekend.

''To give the fans a clap (at Anfield on Saturday) was something I wanted to do for the support they had given me.''

While Sunday's statement earned Mackay a reprieve of sorts, it also suggested his future will depend on whether there can be any sort of reconciliation between Tan and he.

That would be a big surprise given the ill-feeling between the two men following Tan's removal of Iain Moody as his head of recruitment in October, as well as the Malaysian's apparent fury at Mackay's hopes of adding to his squad in January and the incendiary email of last week.

Mackay admits he is not sure if and when he and Tan may meet after revealing two requests to meet for talks had already been rejected.

''I wanted that meeting to be today but that was declined. If not today, then tomorrow but that was also declined,'' he said.

He added: ''I don't know if we can talk. Mehmet has been trying to do this for three months, as have I.

''There are certain areas that have to be addressed that were in the email. I will find out when I go to the meeting. At that point I will take stock of where I am.''

Mackay also had praise for Dalman. The Cardiff boss has come to count his chairman as a close ally in recent months.

He said: ''Mehmet is a good man and a sensible man. But he's not the man who makes the decisions. Ultimately he will not make the decision. That still has to be addressed.

''There is no more pressure on me now. The team are working so hard and have come up with reasonable performances and good results.

''I'm proud to be the manager here and I think I should be the manager here. I will keep doing what I'm doing and if someone wants to do something different that's up to them.''

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2:41pm Mon 23 Dec 13

montecristosaint says...

all we need to do now is lose to Cardiff, and the wheels will be well and truly off the Saints bus, and they say they dont need signings, what absolute tosh!!!e
all we need to do now is lose to Cardiff, and the wheels will be well and truly off the Saints bus, and they say they dont need signings, what absolute tosh!!!e montecristosaint

2:49pm Mon 23 Dec 13

InCortesewetrust says...

We all know that gazza hoofer & fox are the start and end of our problem, it's been said a thousand times now, nothing has changed! Just get behind the team, hopefully cortese will address this problem in Jan. Top 10 would be a good achievement,
We all know that gazza hoofer & fox are the start and end of our problem, it's been said a thousand times now, nothing has changed! Just get behind the team, hopefully cortese will address this problem in Jan. Top 10 would be a good achievement, InCortesewetrust

3:21pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Jesus_02 says...

montecristosaint wrote:
all we need to do now is lose to Cardiff, and the wheels will be well and truly off the Saints bus, and they say they dont need signings, what absolute tosh!!!e
They Should just write a headline "montecristosaint Says we need more signings" and then maybe you could trade your broken record for a CD
[quote][p][bold]montecristosaint[/bold] wrote: all we need to do now is lose to Cardiff, and the wheels will be well and truly off the Saints bus, and they say they dont need signings, what absolute tosh!!!e[/p][/quote]They Should just write a headline "montecristosaint Says we need more signings" and then maybe you could trade your broken record for a CD Jesus_02

4:34pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Little Hitler says...

Nice chap, pleased for him.

Hope he gets stuffed on Boxing Day though :-)
Nice chap, pleased for him. Hope he gets stuffed on Boxing Day though :-) Little Hitler

5:14pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Clever Dick says...

Sacked Friday morning
He's getting sacked Friday morning
Sacked Friday morning.............
......
Sacked Friday morning He's getting sacked Friday morning Sacked Friday morning............. ...... Clever Dick

10:30pm Mon 23 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

montecristosaint wrote:
all we need to do now is lose to Cardiff, and the wheels will be well and truly off the Saints bus, and they say they dont need signings, what absolute tosh!!!e
As DM says "What we don't want now, is negative fans predicting gloom and doom on web sites"
[quote][p][bold]montecristosaint[/bold] wrote: all we need to do now is lose to Cardiff, and the wheels will be well and truly off the Saints bus, and they say they dont need signings, what absolute tosh!!!e[/p][/quote]As DM says "What we don't want now, is negative fans predicting gloom and doom on web sites" OSPREYSAINT

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