It’s the break-up that just won’t go away.
Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay’s consternation with owner Vincent Tan existed well before he was sacked in late December, and apparently the repercussions from their noisy discord will echo well into 2014.
Cardiff chief executive Simon Lim is blaming Mackay for the club’s claim that they’ve lost approximately $14.1 million lost in the transfer of Danish forward Andreas Cornelius, who was a club record purchase over the summer but made just 11 appearances before being sent back to his club in Denmark.
The 20-year-old forward stands 6-foot-4 but accomplished very little in Wales, thanks largely to an ankle injury that cost him more than three months of field time.
“In the case of Andreas Cornelius, who cost the club in total just under £10m, we realise a large loss in excess of £8.5m, inclusive of transfer fees, salaries, business and compensation paid to player’s agents and other miscellaneous expenses,” Lim’s statement said.
League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan has struck back at Lim’s claims, tearing at the Cardiff man’s claims by noting that Mackay was not the only man involved in the transfer and that the two sides are still in a prolonged legal battle.
For his part, Mackay defended the signing of Cornelius a few weeks back, saying that he believes there were unrealistic expectations on the forward and that he has confidence the youngster will become a star in the future.
“When we signed him he was a 20-year-old huge prospect, 6ft 4in, a centre-forward who had broken into the international team,” said Mackay.
“To be Danish player of the year at that age is quite something. We outbid another European team to get him.
“Unfortunately for him he took a nasty ankle knock against Accrington that kept him out for the best part of three and a half months.
“So to be judged on that – his first 10 games in English football – is what it is I suppose.
“But I’ve no doubts the youngster will end up a top centre-forward.”
For what it’s worth, Copenhagen hasn’t restarted Danish SuperLeague play quite yet, but Cornelius has already netted in friendly play.