Mackay failure to play Cornelius played part in Cardiff sacking

Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay’s reluctance to give more game time to £7.6m signing Andreas Cornelius was a factor in the decision of owner Vincent Tan to sack the promotion-winning boss, the Independent has reported.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has since been appointed in place of Mackay, who had his contract terminated following a 3-0 home defeat against Southampton. There had been public discontent before the axe finally fell, but the newspaper claims the situation with Cornelius also played a part.

Mackay paid a record £7.6m to Copenhagen – rising to as much as £10.9m on appearances – for the 20-year-old, who scored 19 goals last season for the Danish side. But he has featured only nine times for Cardiff this term and one of those, the FA Cup win over Newcastle on Saturday, was with Solskjaer as manager. Cornelius has yet to score for his new club.

A source at Cardiff is quoted as saying Tan was disappointed with the quality of players brought in for the outlay the club made. “Mackay was instructed to go out and buy a Bentley,” the source said. “He got the funds to get some top quality international players but Mr Tan feels Mackay bought a Toyota instead.

Cardiff are said to have paid a further £1.5m as a signing on fee to Cornelius and agreed a contract that over five years will pay more than £11m.

The Welsh side are currently 17th in the league table, a place and a point outside the relegation zone. Their next fixture comes on Saturday, at home to West Ham, who are second bottom.

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