Defiant Malky Mackay refuses to resign after Cardiff loss to Liverpool

After seeing his side crushed by Liverpool, embattled Cardiff manager refuses to resign amid ongoing feud with the club's owner

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 December, 2013, 12:14am
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 December, 2013, 4:43pm

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay vowed not to resign after his side's 3-1 loss at Liverpool yesterday, despite widespread reports that he faces the sack.

Reports have emerged in the British media that Mackay has been sent an email by owner Vincent Tan telling him to resign or face dismissal.

Mackay has a frosty relationship with Tan and reportedly angered the Malaysian by publicly expressing a desire to sign three new players in the January transfer window.

However, Mackay fulfilled his duties as usual during Sasturday's Premier League game at Anfield and he said that he had no intention of walking away from the club.

"I reiterate 100 per cent that I absolutely won't be resigning from the football club," he said.

"I am a proud, passionate man to lead this football club and lead this team. I have done for two and a half years and my staff, my players - I certainly couldn't look at myself if I was to resign on those people."

Mackay received strong support from Cardiff's fans during the match against Liverpool, with visiting supporters brandishing banners bearing the words "Tan Out" and "We want our club black".

A large group of away fans also stayed in place after the final whistle to chant their support for Mackay and declare their opposition to Tan.

Asked if he understood the reasons for Tan's stance, Mackay replied: "That's something you're going to have ask other people.

"You see the fans there today, how much they're backing their team, how much they should be enjoying their Premier League season, and the backing every Saturday at three o'clock once the whistle blows, home and away. They've been like that all season. They've not changed from that all season in terms of the numbers they come in and the noise, and the backing that they've got for that football team.

"I'm so proud that I represent them, so proud that my staff and my group of players represent them."

On the pitch, Luis Suarez marked his new Liverpool contract with two goals to send his team top of the Premier League with a 3-1 victory over Cardiff.

The Uruguay striker's first-half double took his tally to a Premier League season-leading 19 goals despite missing the first five games while banned for biting.

On the eve of the match, Suarez signed a new Liverpool deal until 2018.

Between Suarez's strikes, Raheem Sterling also scored for Liverpool, and Jordon Mutch scored Cardiff's only goal in the second half.

In other matches, Manchester City substitutes Jesus Navas and James Milner recovered a 4-2 victory at Fulham after the visitors threw away a two-goal lead; Newcastle beat Palace 3-0; Manchester United rolled over West Ham 3-1 and Stoke beat Aston Villa 2-1, while West Brom and Hull played to a 1-1 draw and the match between Sunderland and Norwich was goalless.

Reuters, Associated Press