Malky Mackay has finally been sacked by Cardiff City after a meeting between the club's directors decided to relieve Mackay of his duties.
Mackay had remained fiercely loyal to the club, refusing to resign. He had previously defended his managerial performance after Cardiff's 3-0 defeat to Southampton.
"Overall this football club is competing well in the Premier League this season. We are not in the bottom three at around the halfway stage," he said.
"Myself and my staff knew exactly how tough this was going to be this season, as did the players and the media.
"We are competing well, there are games we should have won, there are games we should have done better in. This is a season where I firmly believe we can stay in this league and build on it."
Mackay had tried twice to arrange clear-the-air talks with Cardiff owner Vincent Tan and chairman Mehmet Dalman in the last week, but revealed that they had refused his offer on both occasions.
This long-running saga first began when Tan removed Recruitment director Iain Moody from his post in October. Moody was replaced by twenty-three year old Kazakh Alisher Apsalamov, who was not only on work experience at the club but also a friend of Tan's son.
No reason was given for Moody's dismissal until December when Tan pointed out that Cardiff had been given a £35million transfer budget in the summer but spent £50million on players.
This alleged overspend caused Tan to be 'extremely upset' when Mackay talked of his desire to bring in more players in January following Cardiff's 1-0 win against West Brom, coincidentally causing the sacking of another Premier League manager in Steve Clarke.
The following week Tan told Mackay to resign or be sacked but the Scot chose not to sack and led Cardiff into matches against Liverpool and Southampton.
Fans showed their support for Mackay as many 'Tan Out' banners were in the crowd against Liverpool, amongst other 'In Malky we trust' banners. The fans even stayed on for over half an hour after Cardiff's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool singing Mackay's praises.
However, after Cardiff's Boxing Day defeat to Southampton the board of directors decided to sack him, releasing a statement saying;
"The Board of Directors at Cardiff City Football Club have today relieved Malky Mackay of his duties.
"A new first team manager will be appointed and announced in due course."
Many big names are being linked with the now vacant Cardiff City job, including Sven Goran-Eriksson, Yilmaz Vural and Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Meanwhile, Mackay is now being strongly linked with the West Brom job, the club who dismissed then manager Steve Clarke after Albion's 1-0 loss to Mackay's Cardiff.
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