Moody yet to receive explanation from Tan over Cardiff sacking

Former Cardiff City head of recruitment Iain Moody has claimed that he is yet to receive an explanation from the club’s owner, Vincent Tan, as to why he was sacked in October, Sky Sports is reporting.

Moody helped newly-promoted Cardiff sign 25 players, including the likes of Steven Caulker and Gary Medel over the summer, but in October he was surprisingly sacked by Tan and replaced by 23-year-old Kazakh Alisher Apsalyamov, who had no previous experience of working in football.

The decision reportedly enraged Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay, and Moody, who is now sporting director at Crystal Palace has insisted that he is still unaware of the reasons for his departure. He said: “I look forward to his explanation because I’m still bereft of any official explanation from him (Tan), so it will bring some light on it from my point of view too.

‘I have no doubt that it was his decision. But I have had no direct conversation with him at all since something like August 28, at the end of the window.”

Moody also revealed how he was introduced to Apsalyamov, and that he was shadowed by him throughout the summer transfer window, adding: “I saw him around the club because he was doing work experience, with the academy, with the stadium maintenance team – doing his painting -and he was driving people around.

“And then some time in late July, I went to France to watch a game and meet a player and his agent. I was told by Simon Lim (the chief executive) a couple of days before that (Apsalyamov) was going to shadow me because he wanted to learn my role and so from now on he was going to be following me around for the last six weeks of the transfer window.

“I told Simon I thought it was a terrible idea. Not that I had anything to hide, but I thought it looked odd. The whole thing in France took place in French, he couldn’t speak French, so he kind of sat in the corner twiddling his thumbs while I was negotiating and trying to buy a player.”

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