Malky Mackay has warned the civil war at Cardiff could cost the club their Premier League status.
Mackay remains in charge of the Bluebirds, despite receiving an ultimatum from controversial owner Vincent Tan to resign or face the sack. The former Celtic defender admitted he expected to be relieved of his duties over the weekend but, instead, was given a reprieve of sorts by chairman Mehmet Dalman, who said Mackay would be in charge for the “foreseeable future”.
That statement did include the caveat that there would need to be a thawing of relations between owner and manager but the Scot remains in charge for now at least, with home games against Southampton and Sunderland looming.
But, when asked if the current situation could have an effect on whether Cardiff who are 15th in the Premier League table, four points clear of the relegation zone stay up or not, Mackay said: “Absolutely. You cannot have your dirty linen washed in public every week of the year without it affecting the club.
“I am not saying it immediately affects the players as that’s my job to protect them. They are a great group of people who focus entirely on themselves, their profession and their want to stay in this league.
“My main focus is a steely determination that I and my staff make sure everything is done to protect them and make sure we have got the best chance we have of staying in this league.
“But, as I’ve said before, I feel sorry for our fans. They have been dragged through the front pages of newspapers instead of back pages and they should be really, really enjoying this league this year.
“I would hope at some point soon common sense will prevail.”
Mackay, Dalman and Tan have yet to meet for critical talks, with the manager claiming his request to hold discussions have twice been rejected and there is unlikely to be any dialogue until the end of the week.
“I think that should be sooner rather than later,” concluded Mackay.