It hasn’t been a year to celebrate for Malky Mackay. The former Cardiff City manager was fired in December and may have lost out on the vacant Crystal Palace job thanks to a series of abhorrent texts between him and former Bluebirds administrator Iain Moody.
And it’s no surprise that Mackay is in a rush to defend himself, appearing on the BBC to discuss the mistakes he made in sending texts that have been deemed racist, sexist and homophobic.
Mackay claimed that only three of the more than 10,000 texts in question came from his phone, but fresh allegations say one of the texts from his phone labeled owner Vincent Tan with an Asian slur.
“They are completely unacceptable, inappropriate, and for that I sincerely apologise,” said the 42-year-old Scot.
“I’m a leader of people and it shouldn’t have happened, but I’m a human being and I made a mistake.”
Mackay is alleged to have shared the texts with former Cardiff colleague Iain Moody, who quit his position as Crystal Palace sporting director shortly after the allegations came to light.
“Out of 10,000 text messages in and out of someone’s phone, I sent three,” added Mackay.
“There is no excuse. It was a period where I was under pressure and stress in terms of relationships which were not going well at my football club at the time. Once again, that doesn’t actually excuse anything.”
The rub here is that the leaked texts don’t say who has sent which message, so it’s difficult to consider absolving Mackay. After all, it’s clear that he didn’t protest enough to stop thousands of texts returning to his phone, whether from a superior or not.
And so today’s allegations that Mackay used an offensive Asian slur to describe former Cardiff owner Tan are a major problem for Mackay.
The Mail alleges the damaging text was sent from Mackay’s phone on 5 June last year, when he contacted Cardiff’s then head of recruitment Moody about a player they were trying to sign.
The message read: “Not taking no for an answer from the (deleted) until the 20th time or unless somebody big blows us out of the water. Can you tell him that?”
Well, that puts a face on it.
The scandal has already cost Moody his job as sporting director of Crystal Palace, and he resigned in a hurry. Mackay should be grateful he didn’t have a job to lose.