Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has passionately backed his old Watford colleague Malky Mackay following his troubles at Cardiff City - and is baffled that his job is under threat.
Mackay is under intense scrutiny because of his post-match interview when he revealed his intent to buy three players in the January transfer window.
The Bluebirds owner responded angrily to his assumptions, leading to a week of doubts over whether the Scot will continue much longer as manager.
Rodgers said in defence of Mackay: "I find it astonishing what he has been through. Malky walked into a club that had given him 10 players, someone who totally transformed them.
"He took them to the Carling Cup final - took them up from the Championship. I find it astonishing."
He also commented on the claims from Cardiff's chief executive Simon Lim that the manager raised expectations through mentioning January.
"He believes that doing so unfairly raises supporter expectations, placing unnecessary pressure on the club," Rodgers added. "His view is that due to the funds already committed, including the originally authorised summer transfer budget of £35m that rose to £50m in total, including add-ons, the manager has been fully supported.
"My only conclusion is that you have a business guy, who knows nothing about football.
"When I see from the outside what he has been through, to see him being questioned, is just remarkable."
Mackay refused to resign after the events this week, meaning if owner Tan wants him out, he'll need to pay up.
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