Malky Mackay Sacked by Cardiff City: Twitter Reacts Instantly

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterDecember 27, 2013

CARDIFF, WALES - DECEMBER 26: Cardiff City fans display a banner showing their support for Malky Mackay, manager of Cardiff City during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Southampton at Cardiff City Stadium on December 26, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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It is possibly the least surprising news of the Premier League season.

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has been sacked by club owner Vincent Tan after a week of turmoil at the Welsh club.

The two men have been at loggerheads since reports emerged of an email sent to the manager, telling him to resign or be sacked last week, as David Ornstein of BBC Sport reported.

Subsequently, Mackay took his team to Liverpool Saturday where the travelling Cardiff supporters voiced their support for the manager before, during and after the 3-1 defeat.

Even the Anfield fans joined in the backing for the Scot, as owner Tan was left in no doubt what the majority of fans thought.

However, the 3-0 home defeat to Southampton on Boxing Day was enough for Tan to wield the axe, which he did less than 24 hours later.

Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has emerged as a potential replacement for Mackay ahead of the game Saturday against Sunderland, according to the Daily Telegraph.

But the announcement of Mackay's departure has sent Twitter into a frenzy.

But there was some criticism of Mackay, particularly over his summer spending at the club.

One suggestion for a replacement may be a little far-fetched, however.

But back to the criticism...

After the Liverpool loss, it was announced that Mackay would be Cardiff manager for the "foreseeable future." Perhaps not...