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[December 28, 2013]

Sacked Mackay given a Tan-ning [Newcastle Evening Chronicle (England)]

(Newcastle Evening Chronicle (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) CARDIFF owner Vincent Tan has claimed the decision to dispense with the services of Malky Mackay was down to the Scot airing the club's "dirty linen" in public.

Mackay was relieved of his duties after two-and-ahalf years in charge of the Bluebirds.

The 41-year-old's exit had been widely predicted after Tan last week sent him an email demanding he resign or be sacked.

That ultimatum was briefly lifted when chairman Mehmet Dalman stated Mackay would be in charge for the "forseeable future", but the 3-0 Boxing Day defeat against Southampton proved the ex-Watford boss' last in charge.

read: "The board of directors at Cardiff City Football Club has today relieved Malky Mackay of his duties." Mackay (pictured below) has often said he has felt sorry for the club's fans as Cardiff have found themselves in the headlines for the wrong reasons on several occasions.

Tan, though, laid the blame for that firmly at his former manager's door.

He said: "There has been a good deal of publicity generated by and about Malky Mackay for the last few months.

"Far too much dirty linen has been exposed to the public gaze but, I stress, not by me.

"I have deliberately not responded to this, hoping the club can be judged on its football rather than personalised arguments about who said what to whom.

"I have, however, regretfully concluded it is no longer fair to the club, its players, its fans and the public more generally for this uncomfortable state of affairs to continue." (c) 2013 ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved.

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