There looks to be some light at the end of the tunnel for Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay as he and owner Vincent Tan are set to rekindle their relationship.
Mackay has had a big cloud hovering over him since receiving Tan’s email last Monday which told him to resign or be sacked, however the Scot refused to follow the instruction and stood strong.
The 41-year-old said he has had contact with Tan directly and that he has been given an opportunity to persuade him he is the right man to keep Cardiff in the Premier League.
Mackay said: “I have spoken to Vincent Tan and he has agreed I can go into bat to try to bring a solution to this situation”.
The Bluebirds are languishing dangerously above the drop zone in 15th place, and only four points adrift of them relegation places after yesterday’s 3-1 defeat at table-toppers Liverpool.
However, Mackay’s defiance to stand his ground has paid off for the time being - words which were supported by Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman.
Dalman said: "For the time being, yes. The crisis for the time being is over."
He also went on to say that Mackay is 'in charge for the foreseeable future and will be until something else happens'.
The last couple of days have been a rollercoaster of a ride not just for Mackay but for the club and it’s supporters, as everyone feared the worst. Tan arrived in London on Friday after flying in from Malaysia with the clear intentions of dismissing the man who guided Cardiff to top-flight football for the first time in 53 years.
The 61-year-old, who brought shares in the club back in 2010, met with Dalman to discuss the situation up until the early hours of the day of the match at Anfield but remained unsure about the future of Mackay.
It was evident that the fans are fully behind their boss, something Tan may have seen that will hold a crucial role in the ex-Watford boss’ managerial employment.
Crunch talks are set for the forthcoming days with Dalman hopeful of a positive outcome for all parties involved.
"If we want to find a way forward, we now have a platform, a base, from which to work. This is a crucial time in the Premier League. Every point counts and we are better off going for stability,” he said.
"So if we want to give the club the best chance of being in the Premier League next season, the best way is to fix the problem and seek stability.
"In order to do that, it's best we have an attempt at dialogue."
As we’ve seen in recent weeks with Steve Clarke and Andre Villas-Boas both being relieved of their duties at West Brom and Tottenham Hotspur, your job is never safe in the footballing industry.
Mackay’s situation is a little different but he has showed that if you are strong enough and you have the support of others, you can get yourself out of the difficulties.
His main priority will be to keep Cardiff in the Premier League and with a busy schedule to come over Christmas, he will be hoping to sort out problems with the owner and let the football do the talking once more.
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