No fan support nor media outcry will save Malky Mackay’s position as manager of Cardiff City after the Bluebirds 3-0 home loss to Southampton. The manager has been sacked and comes just 11 days after owner Vincent Tan reportedly sent him an email saying to “resign, or be sacked,” only to see the owner publicly rebuked.
Mackay becomes the fourth PL manager sacked in December alone.
From the Cardiff City official site:
The Board of Directors at Cardiff City Football Club have today relieved Malky Mackay of his duties.
A new first team manager will be appointed and announced in due course.
UPDATE (12:09pm ET): Tan has released a statement on the sacking.
Search “Malky Mackay” on our site and you’ll find a dizzying array of articles detailing the twists and turns of his relationship with owner Vincent Tan. There were money battles, accusations of owner/lineup tinkering and a bevy of other headline-making quotes from either side of the debate.
Mackay skippered Cardiff into the Premier League as a manager after achieving the feat as a player with three teams: Norwich, West Ham and Watford.
Cardiff opened their season with five points from four matches, including a scintillating 3-2 win over Manchester City and draws versus Everton and Hull but have failed to find form outside of their big Welsh win against Swansea and decisions over struggling West Brom and Fulham.
Despite Sky Sports reports that Pepe Mel was the leader to take over West Brom, pundit Gary Lineker took to Twitter with a different take after Mackay was sacked:
Round two of the UEFA Champions League is back on Tuesday, and while clubs cannot book their place in the Round of 16 just yet it’s just as easy for them to put themselves out of contention.
Three Premier League sides will be action on the afternoon, including Tottenham — who has the chance to start Group H play with six points.
Meanwhile, Liverpool and Manchester City will also take the pitch in Group E and F, respectively.
The day’s biggest clash of the day though comes in Germany as Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid meet in the other Group H fixture. Dortmund will be looking for a positive result after falling to Spurs in their opening day loss in the competition.
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Here’s the full rundown of matches on Tuesday’s UCL docket.
All games kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET
Spartak Moscow vs. Liverpool
Sevilla vs. Maribor
Manchester City vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
Napoli vs. Feyenoord
Besiktas vs. Red Bull Leipzig
Monaco vs. Porto
Borussia Dortmund vs. Real Madrid
APOEL vs. Tottenham Hotspur
The New Orleans Saints will be playing a different sort of football on Sunday at historic Wembley Stadium, but the NFL franchise took in Arsenal’s match today during their trip to London.
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Super Bowl-winning quarterback Drew Brees posted a picture on Instagram with several of his Saints teammates taking in the Arsenal-West Brom fixture at the Emirates Stadium six days before the NFL team plays the Miami Dolphins.
The Saints-Dolphins matchup is the second NFL game to take place in England thus far in 2017, after the Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Baltimore Ravens, 44-7, on Sunday at Wembley.
Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe react to Arsenal’s 2-0 win over West Brom, Brighton’s 1-0 victory against Newcastle and get into a deep discussion over the plethora of strikers in the Premier League.
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This isn’t what Atlanta United wanted to see right before the playoffs, but the club will be praying that it gets one of its biggest stars back in time for the MLS postseason.
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Miguel Almiron has been ruled out at least three weeks after suffering a hamstring injury during Sunday’s 2-0 win over the Montreal Impact.
Given the projected three-week timetable, Almiron could return for the team’s final two matches of the regular season against the New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC.
Meanwhile, Almiron will also likely miss out on Paraguay’s two final CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers, which is a devastating blow for the country’s qualification chances. Paraguay currently sits three points behind fifth-place Argentina in South American qualifying.
In his first season in MLS, Almiron has taken the league by storm after scoring nine goals and adding 13 assists. Additionally, the 23-year-old has three game-winning goals for the expansion side, who currently sits third in the Eastern Conference.