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Moody waiting for Tan reason

Crystal Palace sporting director Iain Moody insists he is yet to be given a reason for his sacking by Cardiff.

Last Updated: 06/12/13 at 10:38 Post Comment

Vincent Tan took the decision to remove Iain Moody

Vincent Tan took the decision to remove Iain Moody

Moody left his role as head of recruitment at Cardiff in October, despite helping Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay recruit 25 players, including the likes of Steven Caulker and Gary Medel.

He was replaced by 23-year-old Alisher Apsalyamov, who had no previous experience of top-level football, and Moody is still waiting for Cardiff owner Vincent Tan to confirm why he was moved on.

"I look forward to his explanation because I'm still bereft of any official explanation from him, so it will bring some light on it from my point of view too," he said.

"I have no doubt that it was his decision. But I have had no direct conversation with him at all since something like August 28, at the end of the window."

Moody was introduced to Apsalyamov at the club's end-of-season promotion party and revealed how the Kazakh shadowed him during the most recent transfer window.

"I saw him around the club because he was doing work experience, with the academy, with the stadium maintenance team - doing his painting - and he was driving people around," said Moody.

"And then some time in late July, I went to France to watch a game and meet a player and his agent. I was told by Simon Lim (the chief executive) a couple of days before that (Apsalyamov) was going to shadow me because he wanted to learn my role and so from now on he was going to be following me around for the last six weeks of the transfer window.

"I told Simon I thought it was a terrible idea. Not that I had anything to hide, but I thought it looked odd. The whole thing in France took place in French, he couldn't speak French, so he kind of sat in the corner twiddling his thumbs while I was negotiating and trying to buy a player."

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