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Cardiff chief blasts Mackay transfer policy

Cardiff have claimed that "imprudent and careless management" has cost them "in excess" of £8.5m over their signing of unsuccessful striker Andreas Cornelius.

Cardiff chief executive Simon Lim criticised the transfer policies of former manager Malky Mackay and Iain Moody, the ex-head of recruitment, in a statement released yesterday.

Lim confirmed the club effectively wrote off nearly £9m over Danish striker Cornelius, who has returned to FC Copenhagen after just seven months in Wales.

"The key shareholders have made their dissatisfaction of such a huge loss known to the board of directors which they believe is due to imprudent and careless management undertaken by the previous football management," Lim said in the statement.

Cardiff's chief executive also praised new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's work in the January transfer window, another veiled swipe at former boss Mackay.

"Our shareholders have expressed their support and pleasure to the new management team," the statement reads.

"Tan Sri Vincent Tan, through the board of directors and with their support, is 'encouraged by the work done by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the January transfer window.'"

League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan leapt to Mackay's defence.

"Mr Lim is aware that there is a legal process under way between Malky Mackay and Cardiff City and it is both inappropriate and unprofessional for either party to be making public statements of this nature at this time," said Bevan.

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