Malky Mackay sacked: A factfile of the former Cardiff City manager's career
Friday 27 December 2013
Cardiff are on the lookout for a new manager after the acrimonious and messy departure of Malky Mackay.
Here, we take a look at Mackay's career on and off the pitch that led to him being 'relieved of his duties' by the Premier League club.
Malky Mackay factfile:
1972: Born February 19, Belshill, North Lanarkshire.
1990: After coming through the youth ranks at Queen's Park, Mackay makes 70 appearances.
1993: Moves to Celtic on a free transfer.
1998: May - Part of Celtic's SPL-winning squad.
September - Joins Norwich for £350,000.
2004: April - Wins first of five Scotland caps aged 32 in a friendly against Denmark.
May - Promoted to the Premier League with Norwich and is named in the First Division team of the year.
September - Joins West Ham for £300,000 after more than 200 appearances for the Canaries.
2005: May - West Ham win promotion to the top flight.
August - Joins Watford on a free transfer.
2006: Watford win Championship play-off final.
2008: Mackay makes just one appearance in the 2007-08 season.
November - Named caretaker manager after Aidy Boothroyd leaves Vicarage Road. Brendan Rodgers is eventually named Watford boss with Mackay becoming coach.
2009: June - Rodgers leaves and Mackay is named Watford boss. Guides the Hornets to 16th in the Championship.
2011: Watford finish 14th.
June 17: Joins Cardiff on a three-year contract.
2012: February 26 - Beaten 3-2 on penalties in the League Cup final by Liverpool after the match had ended 2-2 after extra time.
May - Cardiff finish sixth in the Championship but lose 5-0 on aggregate to West Ham in the play-offs.
2013: April 16 - Guides Cardiff to the Barclays Premier League following a 0-0 draw at home to Charlton.
May 21: Named as the LMA manager of the year in the Championship.
August: Cardiff start the season with a 2-0 defeat to West Ham but respond with a 3-2 win over Manchester City.
October 9: Cardiff owner Vincent Tan suspends Mackay's head of recruitment, Iain Moody, and replaces him with unknown Alisher Apsalyamov - reportedly a friend of his son. Moody's departure is later confirmed.
December 14: A 1-0 win over West Brom ends a five-game winless run.
December 16: Tan tells Mackay he is unhappy at him saying he wants to sign three new players in the January transfer window.
December 19: Tan tells Mackay to resign or be sacked.
December 21: Mackay insists he will not resign from his post after Tan is present for a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.
December 22: Chairman Mehmet Dalman says Mackay will remain in charge at Cardiff for the "foreseeable future".
December 26: Cardiff fans protest against Tan before and during a 3-0 home defeat to Southampton.
December 27: Mackay is relieved of his duties by Cardiff.
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