Cardiff City have released a strongly worded statement warning manager Malky Mackay that owner Vincent Tan is “extremely upset” at his request for further investment in the squad.
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Following Saturday’s 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion, Mackay had urged Tan to “bring in three quality additions” as he wanted to “strengthen all three departments in terms of a defender, a midfielder and an attacking player.”
He added: “I will talk to my chairman [about the January window], who will then discuss it with his board of directors and our owner and I will take my lead from them. It's up to them then what financially they want to spend in January... You have a choice: Do you invest knowing you have a really good chance of staying up or do you invest knowing you might go down and then have to build again?”
However, the comments have upset Tan and raised further questions about Mackay’s future at the club.
The club had invested in the likes of Gary Medel, Steven Caulker, Andreas Cornelius and Kevin Theophile-Catherine in the summer window during Iain Moody’s time as head of recruitment, but when he was replaced by 23-year-old Kazakh Alisher Apsalyamov in October, there were serious concerns as to whether the manager would stay.
There will now be further speculation over Mackay's position as the Bluebirds’ chief executive, Simon Lim, released a statement in which he claimed the club had overspent by 15 million pounds ahead of the new season and that he would not be given “a single penny” next month.
The statement read: “Tan Sri Vincent Tan was extremely upset to read quotes from the manager concerning the possibility of new recruits, before he had been informed whether funds would be made available.
“He believes that doing so unfairly raises supporter expectations, placing unnecessary pressure on the club.
“His view is that due to the funds already committed, including the originally authorised summer transfer budget of 35 million pounds that rose to 50 million pounds in total, including add-ons, the manager has been fully supported.
“The overspending of 15 million pounds has upset Tan Sri greatly, resulting in the removal on Iain Moody as head of recruitment. As such, he has stated that not a single penny will be made available in January.
“Having been the highest-spending promoted club and the seventh-highest spender in the Premier League last summer, the owner believes that the manager has been given the best possible chance of retaining our Premier League status.”
Mackay, who secured promotion last season, has been at the Cardiff City Stadium since 2011. The Welsh side are currently 15th in the Premier League table, four points clear of the relegation zone.
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.