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Cardiff City have sacked manager Malky Mackay following the 3-0 home Boxing Day defeat to Southampton.
Mackay has been under pressure in South Wales in recent weeks and admitted he thought he would be sacked after last week’s defeat at Liverpool following a fall-out with owner Vincent Tan.
The controversial Malaysian businessman emailed the Scot to ask him to resign or face being sacked but, following an intervention from the club’s chairman, Mehmet Dalman, he stayed on as Bluebirds boss.
Mackay insisted he would not resign and had the support of the club’s fans, who urged Tan not to dispense with him.
However, the home reverse against the Saints appears to have forced Tan into following through with his earlier threat and he has now been shown the door.
The decision was announced on the club’s official Twitter feed, which read: “The Board of Directors at #CardiffCity have relieved Malky Mackay of his duties. A new first-team manager will be appointed in due course.”
Already several names have been linked with the vacancy, including former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, ex-England boss Sven Goran Eriksson and one-time Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo.