Premier League: How Will Cardiff City Respond to Malky Mackay’s Firing?
It was only ever going to be a matter of time before Vincent Tan decided to finally get rid of boss Malky Mackay. Saturday will see the first glimpse of how the players will react to that decision and against Sunderland. Certainly, with Cardiff‘s home record, it would be a game they would be looking to win and maybe that is why Tan decided to get rid of him now, before he started doing an even better job.
The assistant manager David Kerslake will take temporary charge of the Bluebirds on Saturday, but it has been made clear that he will not be considered for the position full time. Rumors are that one man and only one man is being targeted and that is the ex Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. That is a whole other article for another day and we will have to see what happens there.
For Saturday, though, Cardiff were interrupted with their preparations before the Liverpool game when the email was leaked asking Mackay to resign or be fired. Again, before another big name, probably bigger than the Liverpool game considering the venue and position of the opposition, talk is focused on the back room shenanigans.
As for injury concerns, Kerslake should only be without Craig Bellamy, who is still out with a knee injury. For the visiting side, they are still without Wes Brown, but hope to welcome back John O’Shea.
A win for Gus Poyets‘ side could see them pull out of the Premier League relegation zone which, considering they were on the bottom at Christmas, will not be too shabby a run.
Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sport. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on www.facebook.com/jasonbardwell1979.