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Resign or be fired, Cardiff owner Tan tells manager Malky Mackay

By Robert Jones

Malky Mackay appears to have no future as Cardiff City manager.

The Scot's reign at the helm of the Welsh club looks to be ending after reports emerged that he had been told by Vincent Tan, the Premier League club's owner, to resign or be sacked.

On the back of an extraordinary club statement earlier in the week, when Tan criticised Mackay for expressing his hope that three new players could be signed when the transfer window opens next month, the manager's position is almost untenable.

There are suggestions that on the same day that the club statement was released, Mackay received an email from Tan that listed the owner's grievances across a number of areas, including the club's activity in the transfer market in the summer and the team's style of play.

A Cardiff spokesman, responding to last night's speculation, said: "The club is not party to any letter sent from one person to another."

Mackay confirmed this week that he had no intention of resigning as manager and that stance will not change.

Although his job has been made nigh on impossible by the club's owner, the former Watford manager is clearly minded to carry on and pursue Premier League survival.

Mackay, 41 would be due a significant compensatory sum if his contract is terminated by Tan.

As things stand Mackay is due to attend a press conference at Cardiff's training ground later today, before flying to Liverpool for Saturday's Premier League fixture at Anfield.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, meanwhile, has sprung to the defence Mackay, accusing Tan of "knowing nothing about football."

Rodgers finds it unbelievable that the situation has been allowed to develop as it has.

"I find it incredible all the talk about Malky, who I know well from working with him at Watford," said ex-Swansea boss Rodgers.

"I find it astonishing what he has had to go through.

"This is a guy who walked into Cardiff after they had lost in the play-off semi-finals and they waited two weeks to sack the manager Dave Jones on the day we (Swansea) were in the final – which I found strange.

"Malky walked into the club with 10 players that summer and he totally transformed the mentality of the club.

"He took them to the Carling Cup final, to a play-off place and just lost out and the following season took them to the championship and promotion.

"My only conclusion is you have a business guy operating the club who knows absolutely nothing about football.

"When I see what Malky has had to put up with, to see him being questioned is remarkable."

On a different topic, Rodgers believes even Luis Suarez, with his controversial history at the club, deserves a shot at redemption and he had no qualms about naming him as stand-in captain.

The Uruguay international took the armband for Sunday's 5-0 win at Tottenham in the absence of the injured Steven Gerrard and with vice-captain Daniel Agger on the bench.

Some questioned whether a player who in nearly three years at the club has had lengthy suspensions for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra (seven games) and biting Branislav Ivanovic (10 games), and had tried to force a move away in the summer was deserving of such an honour, especially at a club which had such proud traditions and some exemplary leaders.

Bur Rodgers believes the 26-year-old has matured significantly since his most recent ban earlier this year and is keen to give Suarez a chance to make amends.

His 17 goals in 11 games to be the leading Premier League goalscorer, firing the Reds into second place, has gone some way to doing that.

"You have seen his performances and conduct," he said.

"We all make mistakes and you would hate to think he would be punished for a lifetime because of the ones he has made."

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