Chris Hughton revealed he felt plenty of sympathy for Malky Mackay after the former Norwich City stalwart was dismissed by Premier League rivals Cardiff.

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Mackay’s departure from the Bluebirds was confirmed on Friday following a protracted stand-off with owner Vincent Tan which came to a head last week when a leaked email from the Malaysian businessman demanded Mackay resign or face the sack.

“It wasn’t a massive surprise because we have all seen what is happening there over the past few weeks and the pressure Malky was operating under,” said Hughton. “I am very disappointed for Malky. It was a saga that had been played out in the public and that could have done no-one any good.

“In the modern game it is very difficult to keep things private these days, but most people hearing the news would not be surprised. We are at a stage now where in this month alone we have lost a lot of good managers.

“That is the industry we are in and it seems the norm. I have always spoken about continuity and consistency but we seem to have gone away from that. You always want support and what I have had here from the first day I walked in was great backing. I speak to the chief executive if not every day then every second day and I have had wonderful support.”

The experienced Hughton insists he would still advise any aspiring young managers to try and forge a career in the game, with his old club Tottenham earlier this week appointing Tim Sherwood as Andre Villas-Boas’ permanent replacement.

“They have made a decision to promote from within and the Tottenham people will know Tim’s strengths from his work with the development side of the club,” said Hughton. “He has an array of good footballers at his disposal. Now he needs to get down to business and making tough decisions but he is a strong character.

“I can tell you once you are in the game, it grabs you. There are plenty of reasons not to do it and not to put yourself through it but there are plenty more reasons to do it. You could also look at plenty of other young individuals, like Tim, who feel the same way. He wants to stay in the game, he wants to manage and once this bug gets you, you want more of it.”

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8 comments

  • But would Malky be another defence-minded manager? Solkjaer seems to me a better option.

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    Surrey Canary

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Utter tosh CH. "We have lost a lot of good managers" makes it sound like they fell in the line of duty. Most will be paid off thousands if not millions of pounds and will re-appear somewhere else. The old managers union rumbling in to action to make it sound like they are an endangered species. If a manager doesn't motivate or bring out the best in players or play formations which suit the team then they have every chance of getting the chop. Now, I'm not saying that MM deserved what he got but making "fallen" managers sound like victims is ridiculous. They get paid well to achieve results. They are happy to take the cash and plaudits when doing well so live with the consequences of working in a money and results driven business.

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    B Inners

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Seems most managers take their team with them when they move - who was in Malkys team? Still would like to Neil Adams more involved at some point - not sure he is ready yet but interesting to see Spurs take a punt on Sherwood. As for Malky, Cardiff appear to be on the slide so maybe for his reputation, now is a decent time to get the pay-off and yes it will be substantial. Good for him - he will get plenty of offers and should choose wisely. Working for the likes of Tan may well prove to be a poisoned chalice for others also.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • malky,phelan and neil adams together,too much to ask?

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    tonyb

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • ..... It's the Panto Season Chrissy! ..anything is possible!...'He's behind you!'... along with many others breathing down your neck!....It's finger out day today!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Should we lose to both Man U and Palace,the Christmas points hall will be one point,from games against the bottom 3 which may prove too much for the board.The word the club chairman used to describe City being in the bottom 3 was "embarrassing".That word describes a lot of this season.Maybe New Year's Day will not be a happy one for Chris Hughton but will West Brom be in for Malky before us?OTBC.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • And I wouldnt be surprised if C.H. was replaced by Malky Mackay !!! well its a thought !

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    Albert Cooper

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Albert, I think that many people would be delighted if CH was replaced by MM. At least we would get a manager with passion, commitment and energy. Who knows, he might even live in Norfolk if he was made manager of NCFC.

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    la barbe

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

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