Watford have given manager Malky Mackay permission to speak to npower Championship rivals Cardiff.
The Bluebirds want Mackay to replace Dave Jones, who was sacked last month following their play-off semi-final defeat by Reading.
An official approach was turned down by Watford on Wednesday but following discussions at boardroom level, chairman Graham Taylor said: "We have reluctantly agreed to allow Malky to speak to Cardiff."
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