Cardiff owner Vincent Tan has moved to sack manager Malky Mackay following their recent fall-out.

The controversial Malaysian has been at loggerheads with the Scot for some time, and finally lost his patience following the Bluebirds’ 3-0 Boxing Day loss to Southampton.

This followed a 3-1 away drubbing at the hands of Liverpool, which had come just a matter days after a rumoured e-mail from Tan to Mackay had issued the manager with a ‘quit or be sacked’ ultimatum.

Discussions between the duo were scheduled to be held tomorrow, but a statement on the club’s official website revealed the news that their promotion-winning boss had been relieved of his duties earlier today.

Tan went on to air his grievances with Mackay, suggesting that the bust-up and public comments sealed the 41-year-old’s fate:

“There has been a good deal of publicity generated by and about Mr Malky Mackay over the last few months. Indeed far too much dirty linen has been exposed to the public gaze.” He wrote in a statement of Cardiff’s website.

“But, I stress, not by me. Indeed, I have deliberately not responded to this, hoping that the Club can be judged on its football rather than personalised arguments about who said what to whom.

“I have, however, regretfully concluded that it is no longer fair to the Club, its players, its fans, or the public more generally, for this uncomfortable state of affairs to continue. Cardiff City Football Club means far too much to us all for it to be distracted by this.”

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