Cardiff are mad to treat Malky like this, says Edinburgh
8:01pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in Sport
NEWPORT County boss Justin Edinburgh believes Cardiff’s treatment of his close friend Malky Mackay is ‘crazy’ after the Premier League side’s extraordinary week, writes Michael Pearlman.
Mackay’s right-hand man Iain Moody has been put on gardening leave by the capital club who have replaced him with a 23-year old (Alisher Apsalyamov) who has no prior experience and is a family friend of owner Vincent Tan.
Reports have even gone as far as to suggest that Cardiff asked Mackay himself to resign, a claim rejected by the Bluebirds yesterday.
Edinburgh is miffed by the whole matter. “It’s a complete scandal really, Malky has taken Cardiff to the Premier League, the Carling Cup Final, I think his team know what they are doing,” he said.
“I find it completely ridiculous, there is no apparent reason for this from the outside and Malky will find it extremely frustrated and be very disappointing, I find it to be very strange indeed.
“The manager has to be in charge of who he is working with, Malky is fully adequate to do the job as are his staff and they shouldn’t have to answer any questions as they are doing an unbelievable job.”
Cardiff City Supporters' Trust chairman Tim Hartley said recent developments and the appointment of Apsalyamov were of concern.
He was worried about the impact it would have on Mackay's position and said the club needed to issue an official statement.
"Fans want Malky Mackay - who has done a fantastic job as manager, taking the club to the Premier League - to remain at Cardiff City," Hartley said.
"We don't want to see any action taken to undermine his position as manager and Cardiff City's efforts to have a successful first season in the top division.
"There are fears that the current developments could drive Malky into the arms of another Premier League club and that would be hugely damaging for the Bluebirds.
"Malky is a talented manager who has huge respect among the fans for what he has delivered.
"Fans deserve a clear statement on the position from the club on what has been happening and Malky's position needs to be made perfectly clear."