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May 9, 2014

Mackay and Cardiff agree settlement

Former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has dropped his legal claim against the club after reaching a settlement on his sacking.

The terms of the agreement have not been revealed, although the Press Association reports Mackay was seeking substantial compensation for his dismissal, which came in December after a difference of opinion with owner Vincent Tan about the direction of the club.

Tan has since criticised Mackay's efforts in preparing the side for the Premier League, but the Scot issued a conciliatory statement through lawyers on Friday in which he apologised "without reservation'' to the Malaysian businessman.

Mackay's statement, released through Slater & Gordon Lawyers, read: "Today I have reached a settlement agreement dropping all claims I have made against Cardiff City Football Club. I did not want to be in litigation and believe that it is in the best interests of all parties to have a clean break and move on.''

The statement continued: "I have enjoyed my time at Cardiff City and I am most grateful to the board of Cardiff City and Vincent Tan for giving me the opportunity. The club's owner Mr Vincent Tan invested heavily in the club and supported our decisions in our push for promotion to the Premier League. Without him this would not have been possible.

"My thanks to all those at the club and the fans who have supported me during my time in Wales. If I have caused any offence to anyone during this time, especially to Vincent Tan, then I apologise without reservation.

"I wish everyone associated with Cardiff City FC all the best for the future and thank them for their support. I will not be commenting further on this matter.''

Despite winning promotion last year as second-tier champions, Tan and Mackay clashed over the club's summer recruitment drive, with disagreements over the nature and deployment of the agreed budget.

In October Mackay's head of recruitment Iain Moody was sacked and the inexperienced Alisher Apsalyamov was briefly hired before visa problems struck.

Once Mackay followed Moody out of the door on Dec. 27, Tan praised his successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's methods even though the Bluebirds were relegated under the Norwegian.

The club responded with a brief statement of their own, echoing Mackay's comments and seeking to draw a line under the row for good.

"Cardiff City Football Club can confirm that Malky Mackay has dropped all legal claims against the club, bringing a number of issues to an end and allowing both parties to move on,'' it read.

"The agreement represents a positive outcome for the Club. We now look forward and focus fully on planning for next season and the challenge of regaining Premier League status.''

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