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Cardiff sack manager after dispute with Tan

LONDON -- The protracted disagreement between Cardiff City Chairman Vincent Tan and manager Malky Mackay reached its inevitable conclusion on Friday when the Scot was sacked seven months after winning promotion to the Premier League.

In a statement on their website (www.cardiffcity.co.uk), the Welsh club said: “The Board of Directors at Cardiff City have relieved Malky Mackay of his duties. A new first team manager will be appointed in due course.”

Mackay, 41, who had been Cardiff manager since June 2011, ended their 51-year absence from the top flight in May when they gained automatic promotion to the Premier League after winning The Championship (second division).

He was widely respected for the job he did and hugely popular with fans who have protested in recent weeks against Tan, the equally unpopular Malaysian owner of the club who initially angered supporters by changing their kit from blue shirts to red before the start of last season.

In a statement issued after the sacking, Tan said: “Far too much dirty linen has been exposed to the public gaze, but I stress, not by me.

“Indeed I have deliberately not responded to this, hoping the club can be judged by its football rather than personalized 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 and public, more generally, for this uncomfortable state of affairs to continue.”

Mackay, in a statement issued through the League Managers Association, said: “As disappointing as today's decision is, I am already able to look back at my time at Cardiff City FC with immense pride and joy given the number of milestones the club achieved during the last two and a half years.

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Cardiff City's Malaysian owner Vincent Tan is shown to his seat before the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Cardiff City at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest England on Dec. 21. (AFP)

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