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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Mackay: Washing dirty laundry in public is hindering our chances of survival

File photo dated 26/10/2013 of Cardiff City's manager Malky Mackay on the touchline. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday December 20, 2013. Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has been told to resign or face being sacked by the Welsh club's owner Vincent Tan. See PA story SOCCER Cardiff. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.
File photo dated 26/10/2013 of Cardiff City's manager Malky Mackay on the touchline. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday December 20, 2013. Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has been told to resign or face being sacked by the Welsh club's owner Vincent Tan. See PA story SOCCER Cardiff. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

Malky Mackay has informed Cardiff City's owner, Vincent Tan, that he is risking the club's Premier League survival by washing their dirty laundry in public.

Mackay remains in charge -- for now -- though he is also in the dark over his long-term future after attempts to hold clear-the-air talks before Christmas were snubbed by Tan. That has left Cardiff and the players in a state of uncertainty ahead of two crucial home games this week, starting on St Stephen's Day against Southampton.

Mackay is trying to maintain business as usual on the pitch but admits the upheaval will soon take its toll on the players and staff.

The Cardiff manager said: "You can't keep washing your dirty linen in public without it affecting the club. If this situation continues then it will affect the club's chances of staying in the Premier League.

"I have a steely determination to make sure we stay up and we have a great set of professionals who are remaining focused on the job. But I am not naive enough to think the players don't read the papers or watch the news.

"I have to protect them and we let them know how things are and make sure they remain focused on the job. This is a busy time but our chances of staying up will be affected."

Mackay added: "I feel for the fans because they should be enjoying this season in the Premier League but are being dragged through front-page headlines rather than back pages of the newspapers."

Mackay, who has received widespread support from fellow managers, is clinging to his job after receiving a stay of execution from Tan days after being told to resign or be sacked. That reprieve was negotiated by Cardiff's chairman, Mehmet Dalman, who has, however, failed to bring the two parties face to face.

Mackay said: "I have been asked if I will meet the owner and that's something that is for the good of everyone and the club going forward. It should be sooner rather than later."

Irish Independent

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