Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Apsalyamov work permit probe

Alisher Apsalyamov will not work for Cardiff while his work permit situation is investigated

Cardiff's controversial head of recruitment Alisher Apsalyamov will not work for the Barclays Premier League club while the Home Office investigates his work permit situation, Press Association Sport understands.

The 23-year-old Kazakh, a friend of club owner Vincent Tan's sons, replaced Iain Moody earlier this month in a move which cast doubt over manager Malky Mackay's long-term future at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Reports on Thursday suggested Apsalyamov had been asked to step down from the role but it is understood that, while he is not currently operating for the Bluebirds in an official capacity, he retains the position while his visa documentation is assessed.

Moody - a long-time collaborator of Scottish coach Mackay, who helped recruit players including Gary Medel and Steven Caulker in the summer - was initially suspended by the club before Apsalyamov was installed in his post on October 9.

After talks with the Cardiff board, Mackay rejected suggestions he was preparing to resign and the former Watford manager reaffirmed his commitment to the south Wales club.

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