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Cardiff boss Mackay vows to battle through turmoil

MALKY Mackay insists he still does not know when he will hold critical talks with owner Vincent Tan which could decide whether he remains as manager of Cardiff.

Mackay watched his side lose 3-0 at home to Southampton as the Saints claimed a first win in seven games thanks to a double from Jay Rodriguez and a Rickie Lambert strike.

Peter Whittingham had missed a great early chance for the Bluebirds but, aside from a brief rally early in the second half, they were outplayed by their visitors.

The on-field performance added to the sense of off-field discontent caused by the ongoing battle between Mackay and Tan which has put the manager's position in jeopardy.

Chants of 'Don't sack Malky Mackay' and 'We'll always be blue' also rang around the stadium during the game.

But the woeful nature of the performance was such that by the full-time whistle not all of the boos from the remaining home fans were for the Malaysian owner, who himself left his seat five minutes before the end.

But the former Watford boss believes he should be in charge against Sunderland tomorrow.

"I have belief in my ability to be the manager here and that group of players are working hard for me," he said.

"The staff are working hard and everyone is pulling in that direction right now."

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