Former Norwich City defender Malky Mackay apologises for “unacceptable” text messages

Former Norwich City defender Malky Mackay during his time as manager of Cardiff City. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire Former Norwich City defender Malky Mackay during his time as manager of Cardiff City. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Friday, August 22, 2014
8:08 PM

Former Norwich City defender Malky Mackay has apologised for the “unacceptable” text messages he sent during his time as manager of Cardiff.

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Mackay has come in for a wave of criticism after sharing what were reported to be racist, sexist and homophobic texts with former Cardiff head of recruitment Iain Moody, with the Football Association investigating a dossier submitted by the Bluebirds.

The 42-year-old Scot told Sky Sports News HQ: “Out of 10,000 text messages in and out of someone’s phone I sent three and that being the case, looking at them they are completely unacceptable, inappropriate and for that and for any offence I’ve caused I sincerely apologise for that.

“That’s something I did and there is no excuse for that.”

Mackay, who made more than 200 appearances for the Canaries, appeared set to become the new Crystal Palace manager earlier this week, but the scandal surrounding him emerged just as the Premier League club were understood to be readying his appointment. Palace are now looking elsewhere for their next boss.

Mackay admitted sending the texts at the centre of the controversy, at a time when his position at Cardiff was under scrutiny, and acknowledged there could be no mitigation for what he did.

He was sacked as manager of Cardiff in December last year after months of speculation surrounding his position, despite leading the club into the Premier League for the first time in their history.

“I did it in a period where I was under immense pressure and stress in terms of the relationships that were possibly not going too well at my football club at the time,” Mackay said.

“But that doesn’t excuse anything and was unacceptable.

He added: “I’ve been in a multi-cultural football environment for 20 years. “I love British football and I am no racist, I am no sexist, I am no homophobe and I am no anti-Semitic, and the people that know me know that.

“I do understand that it’s the people that don’t know me that I’ve got to convince of that.”

Cardiff have called for League Managers’ Association chief executive Richard Bevan to resign following his organisation’s defence of Mackay’s use of racist texts as ‘friendly banter’.

The club described the LMA’s criticism of the timing of the release of a dossier regarding Mackay and former head of recruitment Iain Moody to the FA as “preposterous”.

“If that is the view held by the LMA, as appears from its statement, we consider that Richard Bevan’s position is untenable and we call for his resignation,” said a statement.

Cardiff say the LMA had known about the existence of the offensive messages concerning Moody and Mackay for months and had chosen not to deal with the issue.

They say the LMA was therefore “complicit in the attempt to conceal these messages” and also insisted there were “many more” messages from Mackay than the two he admitted to sending in the statement released on Thursday.

The statement added: ““The LMA is the representative voice of managers, and whilst we understand it seeks to act in the best interests of its members, one of its major aims is to ‘encourage honourable practice, conduct and courtesy in all professional activity’. Regrettably, we feel that the LMA has done no such thing in its representation of Mr Mackay and Mr Moody.”

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