Cardiff City confirm Iain Moody has left the club after his replacement with Kazhak Alisher Apsalyamov
CARDIFF City have confirmed head of recruitment Iain Moody has left the Premier League club.
Kazhak Alisher Apsalyamov, a 23-year-old who is thought to have no football experience, has been appointed as Moody's acting replacement.
It has been suggested manager Malky Mackay could leave himself.
But owner Tan Sri Vincent Tan said he would back Mackay “for many years to come”.
The issue is expected to be discussed at a Bluebirds board meeting on Monday.
Moody had helped sign summer recruits including Gary Medel from Sevilla and Steven Caulker from Tottenham.
Apsalyamov's appointment is just the latest controversial decision by the Malaysian owner.
Many Cardiff fans reacted negatively when the club's colours were changed from blue to red during the summer of 2012. There have also been reports of dressing-room unrest over bonuses.
Apsalyamov's role will be to focus “on gathering data on individual players”, according to a club statement.
The statement added: "Ultimate recruitment decisions of course remain the domain of the manager and majority shareholder."
Tan said: "I have every faith in Malky and his team to lead us through the challenges of the Premier League. I have supported him in the past and will do so in the future for many years to come.
"I would say to all Cardiff City fans and everyone connected to the club: let us look forward to the future and remain united in our support of the team."