Former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay believes that it will be “hard” for the South Wales side to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season.

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.”

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    Shaan Sya
    2 years ago

    Malky, more than anyone else is responsible for the current quagmire the club finds itself in, so he’s lost all moral grounds to comment on the club’s affairs! With the money at his disposal, he blew a sizeable chunk of it on a dud of a striker, the position that Cardiff needed strengthening the most! He could’ve bought RVP, for Christ’s sake with the money that he spent! Then Malky had to pick a fight he couldn’t win, against the owner and using the media to fight his case. C’mon a manager who’s so unintelligent as to ban the owner from the dressing room, must be thick and self destructive beyond belief! Malky must be dumb as a drum lacking human relations and social skills. In truth, Solksjaer has been left to carry the can of the roiling cauldron that Malky left behind – due to his blind intransigence and proclivity for stirring the pot. I predict that no owner in his right mind would ever want to touch Malky with a barge pole. Now, to beat the drop, Solksjaer has to pick his team based on one quality and one quality only – every single one of the players he pick MUST BE A BATTLER, A WARRIOR no less! The Bellamy’s, the Mutch’s, the Medel’s, the Caulker’s. Much like how you’d pick a cup team, a team capable of shocking even much more vaunted opponents. We appreciate what Solksjaer is trying to do but a relegation struggle is no time to be cute, to experiment or to play pretty football! That is how teams who have beaten the drop in the past had done it. That’s how West Ham is doing it successfully this season! That’s how Norwich beat Tottenham Hotspurs! That’s how Hull City beat them, especially with a battling performance and ruthless counter attacks! They pick cup teams, for every match in a relegation fight is like a cup game! They battle so hard and press so much that the top 6 teams hate playing them, for they know that battlers can shock even them! That accounts for the frequent shocks in cup games where even a Lower division team can beat the big guns! Luxury players, dribblers and highly skilled players like Zaha, Campbell and Noone should be unleashed only in the last half hour for them to replace 2 or 3 battlers who’ve worked themselves into the ground – they are far more effective when the opposing team is knackered…they give Cardiff the chance to get sensational results, just as you did OGS as a supersub! That’s why SAF unleashed you only in the last half hour of matches – it gave you an unfair advantage against the fast tiring opposing defenders! In the last 2 games, once Plan A did not work out, Cardiff was left exposed as they had nothing left to offer ! Fabio is a battler but he has lost confidence as a right back so OGS should consider converting him to attacking midfielder. With Mutch injured, that’s an option as he put in a decent shift in that position in the Champions League for United when played there by SAF.