Malky Mackay could leave Cardiff City over replacement of Iain Moody with Alisher Apsalyamov - Graham Taylor has said
MALKY Mackay could leave Cardiff City after the replacement of his right hand man with someone thought to be a football novice - former England boss Graham Taylor has said.
Head of recruitment Iain Moody has been suspended and replaced with Alisher Apsalyamov, 23, in an acting capacity.
Apsalyamov is not believed to have any previous experience in football and his appointment is the latest controversy in the reign of owner Vincent Tan.
Taylor was Watford chairman and worked with Mackay and Moody there.
He told the BBC: “I think there is a distinct possibility of that [Mackay leaving].
“On the face of it, if you are the manager of all things football... you are being usurped.
“I cannot believe... the decision to replace Iain. I just cannot believe it.
“Whether your owner, chairman has kept you informed of all this, I cannot say. Only Malky will know that. From a distance it is very, very surprising.”
The club have denied reports the Scotsman was asked to resign.
Mackay added Moody to his backroom staff following his appointment as manager in the summer of 2011.
In his scouting role, former Watford press officer Moody helped the Premier League newcomers sign summer recruits including Gary Medel from Sevilla and Steven Caulker from Tottenham.
“I cannot see him [Mackay] being happy with this at all,” said Taylor.
“I have no idea what his contract reads and if there are clauses in his contract about this or that.
“It will be interesting to see what Malky's reaction is. I do hope this doesn't have an adverse reaction on the team's performance and results.”
Tan caused anger among many Cardiff fans during the summer of 2012 after changing the club's colours from blue to red, while there have been reports of dressing-room unrest over unpaid bonuses.