The Sunday Supplement: Vincent Tan 'stupid' to sack Malky Mackay

Last Updated: 02/01/14 5:26pm

Henry Winter branded Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan as 'stupid' on The Sunday Supplement, following the sacking of Malky Mackay.

The outspoken Malaysian has publicly criticised the team and former boss Mackay this season, despite several impressive performances from the newly promoted outfit.

Scotsman Mackay, who led Cardiff to the Championship title last season, was eventually sacked on Friday, following a 3-0 defeat at home to Southampton.

Reflecting on that decision and some of Tan's comments this term, the Daily Telegraph's Winter says the owner knows very little about how to run a football club and reckons the saga has made him the laughing stock of the Premier League.

"Vincent Tan is a very successful businessman but he is one of the most stupid owners," Winter told the Supplement.

"Tan has alienated, fallen out with and finally sacked his most important employee; the employee who got them up.

"People talk about the £100m Tan has put in and he's been very important for them in that but, in terms of Malky getting them promoted, that was worth £100m.

"You've got to give Malky a huge amount of credit. He walks out of this with his integrity intact and his managerial record intact while Vincent Tan has people laughing at him.

"For a proud man, a successful businessman, who clearly wants to sell the club and the Premier League to Malaysia, his stock is going down and down. He needs some good PR and some intelligent football people around him."


The Daily Mirror's Martin Lipton applauded the work Mackay has done at the club since arriving in June 2011 but reckons unrealistic expectations from the Cardiff owner left him in an untenable position.

And, although Tan was not a fan of some of Mackay's tactics, Lipton says plenty of other clubs will have been impressed and look to hire the 41-year-old as soon as possible.

"I'm amazed Mackay kept as calm as he did for as long as he did," said Lipton.

"There was an inevitably about the situation and the end game coming but he retained his calmness and equanimity in a way I was very impressed by.

"But look at what he's done, the way Cardiff were so organised. Tan probably wants them to go hell for leather, but if you look at the Man City game, they won that by playing clever, organised football with two banks of four. They stopped the opposition playing and beat them on the counter.

"They've done ok - they've done more than ok. The first year in the Premier League is about staying up, not winning the league.

"People will be knocking on Mackay's door to offer him a job. That's the measure of the job he's done at Cardiff."


Charlie Wyett, from the Sun on Sunday, meanwhile, says whoever is appointed to succeed Mackay will find they have a tough job on their hands working under Tan.

"I wouldn't say I feel sorry for any manager who takes over, because they know what they're going to get, but it's going to be very difficult for anyone who takes that job because Tan is a very demanding fellow," he said.

"Even last season, when they were doing really well, Tan was unhappy with some of the tactics. Tan isn't stupid, he's a very successful businessman, a self-made millionaire - but he knows nothing about football, which is pretty clear.

"He's also used to being worshipped; he's very successful in Malaysia and people don't say no to him.

"But many Cardiff supporters will say Malky is the best manager in their history and I don't think Tan could deal with that, and that was the underlying problem."