Malky Mackay sacked at Cardiff – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer favourite to replace him
It was no great surprise to hear Malky Mackay had been relieved of his duties at the Cardiff City Stadium this weekend following the team’s 3-0 home reverse against Southampton.
December 27th, 2013
Mackay and Cardiff owner Vincent Tan had been at loggerheads for several months following the club’s promotion to the Premier League and the writing was on the wall for the Scot following an email from Tan which had asked him to resign.
Mackay was clearly unwilling to stand down although has now been sacked and it appears that the Welsh club want Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to take charge of the first team, with the Norwegian odds-on with every bookmaker to become the next Bluebirds boss.
Solskjaer is highly regarded in football circles having managed the Manchester United reserve team between 2008 and 2011 before taking charge of Norwegian club Molde. The 40-year-old is something of a Manchester United legend after scoring 91 goals for the Red Devils during his playing days.
Sven-Goran Eriksson is another name in the frame, with owner Vincent Tan releasing a personal statement following the sacking of Mackay which criticised the publicity surrounding the manager’s future.
“Far too much dirty linen has been exposed to the public gaze but, I stress, not by me,” Tan said. “Indeed, I have deliberately not responded to this, hoping that the club can be judged on its football rather than personalised arguments about who said what to whom.
“I have, however, regretfully concluded that it is no longer fair to the club, its players, its fans and the public more generally for this uncomfortable state of affairs to continue. Cardiff City means far too much to us all for it to be distracted by this.”