Malky never had a chance of saving his job under Tan

Malky Mackay during the Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

Malky Mackay during the Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. - Credit: PA

It was always going to end badly for big Malky and last Friday the inevitable happened when Cardiff's eccentric owner Vincent Tan sacked him.

As soon as Tan, inset, sent an email to the big man telling him to resign or be sacked it was always a matter of time before Malky would be relieved of his duties. He had been given a stay of execution after their defeat by Liverpool when chairman Simon Lim said that he'd spoken to Cardiff's Malaysian owner and they had come to a decision that Malky would be in charge for the foreseeable future.

The foreseeable future lasted all of five days. To be honest, I feared the worst for Malky when Cardiff lost at home on Boxing Day to Southampton 0-3, the type of result that would give an owner like Tan the excuse he was looking for to get rid of a manager.

Malky leaves the Welsh Capital with his head held very high. When he joined the club two and a half years ago he had ten players to work with. He built a squad who reached the Carling Cup final and the play-offs in his first season in charge, and last year he went one better when the Bluebirds won the Championship by eight points.

Yes, Mr Tan has put a lot of money into the club, but this has come at a cost for fans as well. Before he invested he insisted the club change the colour of their shirts from blue to red because the colour red is more marketable in the Far East. He then changed the crest on the badge from the bluebird to a dragon because the dragon is lucky in Malaysia.


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Cardiff fans begrudgingly accepted these changes, as without Tan's investment the club may have gone into administration. However, many protested against the changes and haven't set foot in the Cardiff City Stadium since.

Nonetheless, when you're in your first season in the Premier League you're not going to have any problems filling the stadium up.

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The owner has complained about overspending of £15m in the summer, complaining about amounts paid towards agents and signing on fees for players. Does he think Cardiff City are the only club that pays these fees? That's what happens when someone who hasn't an idea about football becomes the majority shareholder of one.

Malky had to spend £30-35m in the summer to strengthen the squad in order to try and give them half a chance of staying in the division. Vincent Tan has tried every trick in the book to get Malky to walk away from Cardiff City and he's finally got his wish.

Malky would have kept Cardiff in the Premier League – that I'm convinced of, and it won't be long before he's back on the sidelines with a new challenge. Ole Gunnar Solsjaer was appointed to the hot-seat yesterday and good luck to him – he's going to need it working under Tan.

Norwich City fans, count your blessings.

You are very lucky indeed to have such fantastic owners in Delia and Michael.

• CITY MUST AIM FOR 39 POINTS ONCE AGAIN

The busy Christmas period is once again over and done with, the club winning two points from a possible 12 that were on offer.

Considering three of these games were against teams that have been in the bottom three for long periods of the season I'm sure a lot of City fans will be disappointed with the points tally accumulated.

To be fair I think two decent points away from home were picked up at Sunderland and at Selhurst Park. However, it would have been a huge blow to Chris and the lads when they lost at home on Boxing Day to Fulham, especially when in their next game the Cottagers were hammered 6-0 at Hull.

The lads probably played their best football of all four games in the first half against Manchester United. It was a game they really should have got something from, but once again they failed to take any of the chances they created while they were on top and were made to pay for it in the second half.

Mind you, if you compare this Christmas period to last year's then you would say that this one was a success as the Canaries lost all four games over the festive period in 2012-13.

The lads have won 20 points from 20 games compared 25 points from the same amount of games last season. It's quite clear that there is a lot of hard work to be done in the second half of the season.

In their last 18 games of last season Norwich City won 19 points. If they win the same amount of points in the second half of this season it would give them a total of 39 points, falling just short of the magical 40-point barrier. However, I firmly believe 39 points will result in Premier League football next season for the club.

It's not going to be easy, we all know that. Anyone from Hull, who are tenth, down to Sunderland at the foot of the table could be relegated come the end of the season.

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