Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has revealed that he’s turned to Sir Alex Ferguson for advice in the race for promotion to the Premier League.

The Bluebirds currently lead the Npower Championship by seven points, and also have a game in hand on their nearest two nearest rivals – Hull City and Watford.

However, the Hornets host Cardiff this weekend and will be looking to close the gap at the top, but Mackay has sort advice from the Manchester United supremo ahead of the vital run-in.

"We had a conversation a couple of weeks ago on [the promotion race]," Mackay told BBC Sport in reference to his conversation with Ferguson.

"He's been easily accessible and I've been able to pick up the phone and ask a question now and again. I don't think I'm that different from a lot of young Scottish managers that he has got a lot of time for. 

“And that's one of the great things about him - he does have a lot of time for people; time for football people and in general for young Scottish managers who have been able to talk to him."

Mackay has an interesting connection to the Red Devils chief, with his father – also named Malky – playing alongside the Scot for Queen’s Park in the 1950s.

And, Mackay jnr is in no doubt that Ferguson is one of the very best in the business when it comes to management.

"He's arguably the best British manager of all time. If you can't learn for somebody like that, then I don't know who you can learn from,” the Cardiff City manager concluded.

"We had a conversation a couple of weeks ago on it (losing the title last season). They brought their squad down here towards the tail end of last season to prepare for one of their big games.

"They used our training pitch and the stadium for some privacy. I had a cup of tea with him then. He's someone that has helped us and it's not a bad thing to have."

Ex-Manchester United starlet Fraizer Campbell won’t be available for Cardiff at the weekend for their match at Vicarage Road, whilst Ferguson will lead his Premier League leaders into battle against Manchester City at Old Trafford on Monday night.

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