Cardiff owner Tan “extremely upset” over Mackay’s transfer comments, but manager refuses to quit

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan is reportedly “extremely upset” after Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay revealed his hopes to recruit three new players in the January transfer window, according to BBC Sport.

Mackay had announced plans to sign a new defender, midfielder and striker in the winter window, but Tan is said to be refusing to make “even a single penny” available, as chief executive Simon Lim states that Mackay had been given more than enough in the way of funds in order to keep the Welshmen in the Premier League.

He also pointed out that Mackay’s confidante – and former Cardiff head of recruitment – Iain Moody had been dismissed following a £15m overspend, and feels that Mackay’s comments have added pressure on the club to avoid the drop and raised supporters’ expectations.

Lim said in a statement: “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 £35m that rose to £50m in total, including add-ons, the manager has been fully supported.

“The overspending of £15m has upset Tan Sri greatly, resulting in the removal of 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 has been rumoured to be considering resigning over the situation – a report that the manager has since denied.

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