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Mackay to stay in charge for Saints clash
6:59pm Sunday 22nd December 2013 in Football
Malky Mackay is set to be in charge of Cardiff for the Boxing Day visit of Saints after the chaos at the club took an unexpected turn with chairman Mehmet Dalman stating Mackay will stay for “the forseeable future”.
Owner Vincent Tan had sent Mackay, pictured right, an email last Monday in which he heavily criticised the Scot before demanding he resign, or face the sack.
Mackay has made it clear he has no intention of resigning and his departure appeared all but certain despite Dalman, who Mackay considers a close ally, meeting Tan in London on Friday in an effort to earn the Scot a reprieve.
But in a statement on the Cardiff website, Dalman said: “As things stand Malky is in charge for the foreseeable future and will be until something else happens. I don’t want to go game by game on this, with people asking if he will be in charge.”
He added: “The crisis for the time being is over.”
But Dalman also made it clear much work is still to be done to repair the damage done to the relationship between Tan and Mackay; the pair had clashed earlier this season over the dismissal of head of recruitment Iain Moody in October.
“I have spoken to Vincent Tan and he has agreed I can go into bat to try to bring a solution to this situation,” he said.
The travelling Cardiff support at Liverpool on Saturday made their feelings towards Tan perfectly clear. There were several ‘Tan out’ banners in evidence and chants supporting their embattled manager.
Similar scenes had appeared inevitable for the Boxing Day game at home to Saints.
It remains to be seen if Dalman’s statement alters that state of affairs, but the chairman has asked supporters to try and be positive.
“If I had one wish for Boxing Day, it’s that they don’t hold up ‘Tan Out’ or ‘Malky In’ banners, but rather one that says ‘Talk to each other’,” he said.
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