Kerslake and McBride in charge

Blackpool Citizen: Malky Mackay has been sacked Malky Mackay has been sacked

David Kerslake and Joe McBride will take charge of Cardiff for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Sunderland after Malky Mackay was relieved of his duties.

Kerslake has served as Mackay's assistant manager at the Bluebirds, while McBride holds the role of first-team coach.

The decision was confirmed by the club in a statement which read: "David Kerslake and Joe McBride will be taking charge of the team for the match against Sunderland on Saturday December 28th at Cardiff City Stadium."

Kerslake recently stood in for Mackay at a heated press conference when the Scot's future was under intense scrutiny.

On Friday, Mackay left the club after two-and-a-half years in charge of the Bluebirds.

The 41-year-old's exit had been widely predicted after owner Vincent Tan last week sent him an email demanding he resign or be sacked.

That ultimatum was briefly lifted when chairman Mehmet Dalman stated Mackay would be in charge for the "foreseeable future'', but the 3-0 Boxing Day defeat against Southampton proved to be the ex-Watford boss' last game at the helm.

A statement on the Cardiff website read: ''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.''

Mackay has often said he has felt sorry for the club's fans as Cardiff have found themselves in the headlines for the wrong reasons on several occasions.

But Tan laid the blame for that and his dismissal firmly at the now former manager's door.

''There has been a good deal of publicity generated by, and about, Mr Malky Mackay for the last few months,'' said Tan in a statement.

''Indeed, far too much dirty linen has been exposed to the public gaze but, I stress, not by me.

''Indeed, I have deliberately not responded to this, hoping that the club can be judged on its football rather than personalised arguments about who said what to whom.

''I have, however, regretfully concluded that it is no longer fair to the club, its players, its fans and the public more generally for this uncomfortable state of affairs to continue.

''Cardiff City Football Club means far too much to us all for it to be distracted by this.''

Mackay had guided the Bluebirds to the League Cup final in 2012 and the Championship title in 2013. They lie 16th in the Premier League, one point above the relegation zone at the time of his departure.

He had always insisted he would not resign, and his removal had long appeared to be the only realistic outcome of his dispute with Tan which first came to light when head of recruitment Iain Moody was dismissed in October amid allegations of a transfer window overspend.

Mackay and Moody denied those claims and the Scot and Tan were at loggerheads again when the Bluebirds boss suggested he hoped to add three players to his squad in January.

Chief executive Simon Lim quickly responded with a statement which claimed Tan was ''extremely upset'' by Mackay's comments and that ''not a single penny'' would be available to spend next month.

That statement arrived the same day as Tan's ultimatum.

Even when Dalman offered Mackay the lifeline that he would remain in charge, it came with the caveat that there would need to be a reconciliation between owner and manager.

Mackay had twice requested a meeting with Tan and Dalman earlier this week in order to discuss their differences, but the Scot revealed the Malaysian had turned them down.

Talks had been due to be held on Saturday, when Cardiff face Sunderland, but in the end Mackay did not last long enough.

Former Manchester United striker and Molde manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is among the favourites to replace Mackay, while Sven-Goran Eriksson and Turkish journeyman Yilmaz Vural have also been suggested as potential candidates.

Earlier on Friday, Vural's agent had mischievously tweeted that ''explosive'' events lay ahead at Cardiff.

Muzzi Ozcan tweeted: ''The story is coming to a End in Wales and a new story will be born ... The next 48 hours will be explosive !''

When news of Mackay's sacking broke, he added: ''New page has been turned over as I said .... Wish the best for MM.''

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