Pride Park Stadium

Next Game

Derby v Cardiff

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Cardiff City Stadium

Last Game

Cardiff 0 - 1 M'boro

Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 19:45

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Mackay coy over Moody exit

Malky Mackay insisted Iain Moody's departure from Cardiff was not down to blown budgets but refused to elaborate on the reasons for his head of recruitment's exit.

Last Updated: 22/10/13 at 12:04 Post Comment

Malky Mackay: Cardiff boss insists he has not been asked to resign

Malky Mackay: Cardiff boss insists he has not been asked to resign

Moody, who had worked with Mackay at Watford, has been replaced by 23-year-old Kazakhstani Alisher Apsalyamov on an interim basis.

Apsalyamov is thought to be a friend of Cardiff owner Vincent Tan's son and appears to have no previous experience in football.

Reports have suggested Tan was angered by a £15m transfer overspend but, speaking ahead of Saturday's meeting with Chelsea, Mackay denied any financial profligacy - and then refused to answer further questions on the matter.

"Iain is an absolute class act as far as I am concerned," Mackay said. "He has done a very impressive job for the football club.

"In one of the periods of success at the football club, which we have been in over the last two and a half years, he has had a huge part to play in the restructuring of my squad.

"He helped bring in more than 20-odd players and he is someone who had a huge part to play in the current success, who will be missed by everyone who works for our football club.

"He leaves with my utmost gratitude and respect. I would say our loss will be someone's huge gain.

"One thing I would clarify, as I have read a few things over the past couple of weeks, is that we were absolutely under budget this summer. I want to clarify that. That is what I have to say about Iain."

The Cardiff City Supporters' Trust had admitted concerns over Mackay's future at the club following Moody's exit but the boss insisted he had not been asked to resign and nor had he considered doing so.

He further attempted to appease fan fears by praising chairman Mehmet Dalman for the role he played in an extended board meeting on Monday where events of recent weeks were discussed.

"As far as I am concerned, again for clarification, under no circumstances was I asked to resign and at no time have I thought of resigning from the football club," Mackay added.

"On Monday and over the last two weeks I have a lot of close contact with the new chairman Mehmet Dalman, who is a very impressive figure.

"Over the last couple of weeks there has been a mutual respect between us and an understanding of what needs to be done to make the club strong again. I hope he plays a big part going forward as far as the club is concerned."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Southampton midfielder Sadio Mane has been granted a work permit

Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Sadio Mane has been successful in gaining a work permit.

Transfer news: Arsenal 'nearly signed Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba', says Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says his biggest regret is missing out on signing Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Middlesborough defender Damia Abella has been ruled out for six months

Middlesbrough defender Damia Abella is facing up to six months out with a serious knee injury.

Mail Box

Why Doesn't Rodgers Play Borini?

One Liverpool supporter thinks this could be Fabio Borini's year, whilst we also have thoughts on the Red Bulls, Welbeck vs Gervinho and Paul Lambert's new deal...

Could Arsenal Benefit From Top Four Exit?

That's one idea in the morning mailbox as the Arsene Wenger debate rumbles on. Plus, comparing Welbeck to Gervinho and some advice for Greg Dyke and the FA...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property