Cardiff manager Malky Mackay sacked after talks with Vincent Tan
Malky Mackay has been sacked as Cardiff manager following his fall-out with controversial owner Vincent Tan.
Mackay had been set to meet Tan on Saturday but in the event, Cardiff issued an abrupt statement early on Friday afternoon confirming his departure.
The statement read: "The Board of Directors at Cardiff City Football Club have today relieved Malky Mackay of his duties. A new first team manager will be appointed and announced in due course."
Club chairman Mehmet Dalman is thought to be targeting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the man to take the reins.
Malaysian owner Tan has courted controversy several times since purchasing a controlling share in the club back in 2010.
Large sections of City fans took exception to his decision to change the club's colours from blue to red, and he then fired Mackay's head of recruitment Iain Moody without consulting the Scot.
Last week, Tan issued an ultimatum to Mackay insisting that if he failed to tender his resignation, he would be sacked - prompting around 200 Cardiff supporters to launch a protest ahead of the 3-0 Boxing Day defeat to Southampton at Cardiff City Stadium.
Mackay, 41, was appointed Cardiff manager in June 2011 and having guided the team to the Championship title last year, leaves after 125 games in charge with a win rate of 43%.
Early shows of betting make former Manchester United striker Solskjaer the favourite for the job at Evens, Sven Goran Eriksson second-favourite at 3/1 and Tan himself an unlikely 100/1 outsider