Malky Mackay issues an apology after offensive texts
Malky Mackay broke cover yesterday to make a grovelling apology for what he described as "three texts out of 10,000 that were completely unacceptable and inappropriate" before insisting that when it came to transfers he was "100 per cent confident" he would be cleared of "any wrong-doing".
The former Cardiff City manager was poised to take over at Crystal Palace this week until news leaked of a series of offensive texts sent and received from the telephone of Iain Moody, Cardiff's former head of recruitment, some to and from Mackay.
The Scot, 42, insisted: "I've been in multi-cultural football dressing rooms for 20 years. I'm no racist, no sexist, no homophobe, and I'm not anti-Semitic. People who know me, know that. I understand I have to convince those who don't know me.
"Out of 10,000 text messages in and out of someone's phone I sent three and that being the case, looking at them they are completely unacceptable, inappropriate and for that and for any offence I've caused I sincerely apologise. That's something I did and there is no excuse for that.
"I did it in a period when I was under immense pressure and stress in terms of relationships that were not going too well at my football club at the time.
"They came from a man under pressure rather than a bigot. But that doesn't excuse anything. The texts are things that I absolutely have to deal with and explain. I'm a manager, a leader of people, and it should not have happened. But before all that, I'm a human being and I made a mistake."
Mackay spoke of undergoing diversity and equality training, and of meeting bodies such as Kick It Out, football's anti-discrimination body, and Stonewall, the gay rights charity.
He added: "I am someone who is sincerely apologetic for the three texts. It was a mistake I made but that is not what people see of me in real life."
The texts were all sent to Moody, whose phone and computer were seized by investigators working on Cardiff's behalf seeking evidence of alleged misconduct involving transfers. That is the subject of a Football Association inquiry, but Mackay said: "I am 100 per cent confident that investigation will show no wrong-doing in terms of transfers."
Mackay took Cardiff into the top flight for the first time in 40 years last year before falling out with Vincent Tan, the club's owner. He said he was limited in what he could say by a non-disclosure agreement with the club.