Friday 15 December 2017

Mackay back in firing line after rout

Cardiff City 0 Southampton 3

Malky Mackay, manager of Cardiff City
Malky Mackay, manager of Cardiff City

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay will finally get his meeting with owner Vincent Tan tomorrow and will learn his fate after seeing his side concede three times in the opening 27 minutes against Southampton, who notched their first Premier League win in seven games.

The loss leaves Cardiff in 16th, just one point above the relegation zone. Last week, Mackay received an email from the owner which ordered him to "resign or face the axe".

Mackay will now meet Tan, and the club's chairman Mehmet Dalman, on the day the Bluebirds take on rock-bottom Sunderland at home.

Before yesterday's kick-off, around 500 Cardiff fans protested against Tan's running of the club. The angry supporters did not get to see the Malaysian billionaire, who was already inside the ground.

But Mackay did his own cause no good as he watched his men produce a defensive horror show in the first period. After Peter Whittingham missed a glorious chance, the Saints clinically surged ahead courtesy of a Jay Rodriguez double and a close-range finish by Rickie Lambert.

"I have belief in my ability to be the manager here and that that group of players are working hard for me," Mackay said. "As far as I am concerned, that group are competing well in this league.

"Some people might have us languishing in the bottom three but we have not done that all season."

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