Mackay to leave and Cardiff relegation odds slashed
Cardiff City’s odds to be relegated from the Premier League and for their manager Malky Mackay to be the next to leave his post have been dramatically cut after the announcement that 23-year-old Kazakhstani Alisher Apsalyamov has replaced Iain Moody as head of recruitment.
Moody was brought to the club by Mackay when he took over in 2011 but has been put on gardening leave by owner Vincent Tan and replaced by Apsalyamov who was on work experience at the club over the summer and is a good friend of the owner’s son.
As a result of this bizarre and unexpected move, Cardiff are now third favourites at a best price of 5/2 with Sky Bet for the drop despite making an impressive start to the campaign. Mackay has also plummeted to a best price of 2/1 with Coral to be the next Premier League manager out of a job.
It is certainly a problem that would not have been experienced in decades gone by but it will certainly be a worry for Cardiff fans that someone with little or no background in the game will be in charge of their recruitment during the January transfer window.
Whilst the bookmakers expect Mackay to be the next man to leave they are not sure of his replacement with Gus Poyet still being the 5/1 favourite with Bet Victor despite joining Sunderland earlier in the week. Roberto Di Matteo is consistently linked with every Premier League job that becomes available and he is 16/1 with the same bookmaker.