Liverpool 3 Cardiff City 1: Malky Mackay reiterates his desire not to resign despite serious doubt regarding his future
Goals from Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling consigned Cardiff to defeat in front of club owner Vincent Tan who wants to sack Mackay
Saturday 21 December 2013
Cardiff manager Malky Mackay made it “crystal clear” he will not resign despite pressure from owner Vincent Tan to do so.
On Thursday the Bluebirds boss was given an ultimatum by Tan to resign or be sacked.
The Scot has no intention of doing the former and so will await the next move from the owner, who was present at Anfield to see Cardiff beaten 3-1.
"There is nothing else I can tell you that you don't already know," said Mackay.
"I am someone who will absolutely not resign, I don't think there is any need for that to happen.
"Crystal clear there will be absolutely no way I will be resigning from Cardiff City."
Asked whether he now expected to be sacked Malkay added: "That is not a question you should be asking me. That is surely a question for someone else.
"I am doing the job I have always done, which is preparing the team and looking after the club on a day-to-day basis.
"I will be in work tomorrow if it is anything to do with me. One thing I can tell you is that I won't be resigning as the manager of the football club."
Asked whether he had spoken to Tan after the game Mackay added: "That is not something that normally happens.
"We are finishing here and then we have a plane back to Wales."
Mackay does not believe his record with the club, in which he has taken the to a Carling Cup final and got them promoted to the Premier League for the first time, warrants the sort of situation he now finds himself in.
"My day-to-day job is to prepare a team for the Saturday. That is the main task I have and that is what I think I have been doing properly for two and a half years," he said.
"Results in the main show that. Anything other than that you really have to ask the people who make the decisions."
The travelling fans certainly made their feelings known, singing pro-Mackay and anti-Tan songs throughout and remained behind inside Anfield chanting their support some 45 minutes after the final whistle.
He also received warm applause from the home fans as he departed down the tunnel having acknowledged the support he had received from the away end.
"The supporters have been immense since day one, two-and-a-half years ago," he said.
"This season they have shown everyone what a class act they are on their travels or back in south Wales.
"They have shown they are a great addition to the Premier League and I hope it stays that way.
"I am very humbled that our fans have taken to myself and my staff and the team.
"They are very passionate people who love football and they desperately want success.
"When we got to the Carling Cup at Wembley I saw 40,000 going bananas and they should really be enjoying the Premier League season.
"But there have been situations for non-footballing reasons which have been in the press and that is why earlier in the season I apologised for what the have had to put up with.
"I am proud of the job and the association I have (with the club) and I couldn't walk away from the people who work for me: training ground staff, coaching staff, staff at the stadium, that group of players who I have so much respect for and also the fans.
"I am not going to walk away from them either."
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, a close friend of Mackay, warned Tan he was making a huge mistake in getting rid of the Scot.
"I spent some time with Malky last night," Rodgers said.
"Football aside it was difficult because he loves Cardiff, he loves being there and the job he has done there is remarkable.
"He is a very proud man, he is proud of how that club has come together and it is sad for me to see it.
"He is an outstanding manager and the dignity he has shown has been remarkable.
"But he is a strong character and if one guy feels he needs to make a change then so be it - he is losing the best manager they have had in their history.
"We all know as managers the sack is just around the corner in the modern game, you have to keep winning games and show progress otherwise you are out of a job.
"This is a cut-throat business and you can lose your job very quickly but it is hard to accept someone losing their job when they have done such a good job,
"The sadness for him (Mackay) is it is nothing to do with that."
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