The Bluebirds are one of the newly promoted trio in the top tier, and were widely seen as the favourites of the triumvirate to stay up after investing heavily in their squad on the back of a successful Championship campaign.
But despite making a solid start to life in the big time results have turned sour, both before Mackay’s sacking and since the arrival of Old Gunner Solskjaer.
Cardiff were thrashed 4-0 at home to Hull last weekend, which followed a series of poor scorelines which has left them just one place and one point off the foot of the division.
Mackay – who was controversially dismissed by owner Vincent Tan – says that staying up was always going to be tough, and that he feels they may be unable to do so after recent games:
“It was a real disappointing result at the weekend, a bit of a shock,” he is quoted by Sky Sports.
“With Aston Villa last week, Hull at the weekend and the game at Swansea, you would be hoping for results to pick up points, rather than (in forthcoming games) away at Tottenham and Everton, two very strong teams.
“So it is going to be hard (to stay up). It was always going to be tough, to be honest with you, but it has been made slightly tougher.”