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Cardiff City head of recruitment leaves as Malky Mackay gets reprieve fro now

In a busy day at Cardiff City it was announced that Head of Recruitment, Alisher Apsalyamov has left the club.

An issue concerning 23-year-old Apsalyamov's work visa, after he joined on work experience, forced him to stand down.

Apsalyamov controversially replaced Iain Moody in the role after a row over spending.

His departure came as under-threat manager Malky Mackay, who saw his side lose 3-1 at Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday seemingly received a reprieve from the impending sack from owner Vincent Tam.

Apsalyamov's appointment - with a remit to focus "on gathering data on individual players", according to a club statement - was one of several controversial decisions made by the club's Malaysian Tan.

Many Cardiff fans reacted negatively when the club's colours were changed from blue to red during the summer of 2012

Cardiff owner Tan has lifted his threat to sack manager Malky Mackay and the pair will hold talks in an attempt to salvage their relationship.
But Mackay refusing to walk away voluntarily, Tan is now prepared for a possible reconciliation.

When asked if the ultimatum had been withdrawn, Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman said: "For the time being, yes. The crisis for the time being is over."

He added that Mackay is "in charge for the foreseeable future and will be until something else happens".

He also issued a message to Cardiff supporters, urging them not to protest against Tan at Thursday's home game with Southampton.

Tan flew from Malaysia to London on Friday with the intention of dismissing Mackay, who has been in charge of the Bluebirds since June 2011, but the 61-year-old businessman agreed to a final meeting with Dalman to discuss the situation.

Those talks went on into the early hours of Saturday.

Tan was still undecided about Mackay's future following the 3-1 Premier League defeat at Liverpool later that day, during which the Cardiff fans expressed support for the manager and disapproval of the owner.

But Tan has now chosen to delay any judgment until further negotiations have taken place.

"My definition of diplomacy is to create space for dialogue," said Dalman.

"I have spoken to Vincent Tan and he has agreed I can go into bat to try to bring a solution to this situation.

"The important thing is that we try to find a way through this predicament."

According to reports, the Cardiff City Supporters Trust said it was pleased Mackay was staying.

"After the turmoil of the last week, the club needs stability," said Trust chairman Tim Hartley.

"Mr Tan should let the manager of the team get on with the job of keeping Cardiff City in the Premier League.

“Mr Tan should let the manager of the team get on with the job of keeping Cardiff City in the Premier League”

 "I'm sure the strength of feeling shown by fans before and at the Liverpool game sent a clear message to him, as did the outspoken comments of many other managers and commentators.

"What this debacle has illustrated once again is that Mr Tan must engage in regular dialogue with supporter groups and fans generally.'


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