Malky Mackay backs Chris Hughton to keep old club Norwich City afloat in the Premier League

Cardiff City's ex-manager Malky Mackay backs old club Norwich City to survive under Chris Hughton. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire Cardiff City's ex-manager Malky Mackay backs old club Norwich City to survive under Chris Hughton. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
6:32 AM

Former Norwich City stalwart Malky Mackay is confident the Canaries will win their Premier League survival fight.

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Mackay has long been touted as a potential successor to Chris Hughton after his sour exit from Cardiff City earlier this season, but the Scot is backing Hughton to guide his old club to safety.

“I’d love to go back into the Premier League at some point. Absolutely,” he said. “Norwich are a previous club of mine and they are in the Premier League. It’s a club I know well, but I’m in no rush to take people’s jobs right now – certainly not at this point in the season.

“Chris is under pressure from the media, but he’s been through that before at Newcastle and handled himself immaculately. He’s doing the exact same thing now. Invariably and generally, it’s been a good stable club and I think they will stay in the Premier League again because they have a good squad of players there.”

Mackay also believes the Bluebirds have improved their own survival prospects with a timely 3-1 league win over fellow strugglers Fulham at the weekend.

“It was a terrific result against a team round about them there,” said Mackay, speaking on Sky Sports. “There was a lot of pressure involved in that game and two or three of the lads really stepped up to the plate.

“It’s given them that jump back into the little group above. There are seven or eight teams there that have to keep their nerve now. There’s enough games and points to play for and four or five wins would do it. They’ve given themselves a great chance.”

Mackay fell out of favour with Cardiff’s high-profile owner Vincent Tan after guiding the Welsh club to a League Cup final appearance along with Championship promotion.

“Initially Tien Ghee, who was the chairman and a really top guy, allowed the board of directors and our Welsh chief executives to run it over the first year and a half,” said Mackay.

“The owner’s interest was piqued after the Carling Cup final and it grew from there. Certainly in the last year and a half there was much more interest from him rather than in the first year I was there. The three-year plan was revised and made into a two-year plan and they said ‘Okay, now get promoted.’ And that’s what we did. The Championship is a tough struggle and you’re battling against a lot of teams but we managed to get promoted.”

18 comments

  • It's always good to hear Malky. He is a committed individual who will give everything to any job he undertakes. However we must not expect him to jump into the Norwich job when it becomes vacant - remember Malkys exit from Norwich was pretty abrupt - not the way a devoted employee should have been treated - I think he could have had a couple more years with City. Perhaps he remembers that better than us.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • chestec, thanks (I think!)... There is an element of `Paddy Parody` in my posts sometimes, but I do try to avoid his trite tripe and raise a smile. I`m not quite sure who Davitt is trying to impress. The Telegraph? Times? Guardian? Viz?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • The difference between Cardiff City's last performance and our last two is that they have belief. I am not sure the same applies here under Hughton. We start off looking as though we are in charge but when we ship a goal then the commitment and belief goes. If Malky doesn't believe Cardiff or us are going down I wonder who his money is on?

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Now chestec has been disappeared. The Woolpack should be shut down - or move Archant Tower to a teetotal area.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Ah! ..th...e rent-a

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Well said Wactor !

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    spark

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • That's Malky's application posted then!

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • He was doing so well until he described Hughton as "immaculate". Perhaps he's not the man to take over after all.

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • I have no problem with Malky pointing the finger but I suspect he failed the job interview at Carrlow Road because he was not wearing the green and yellow club tie. That is far more important than being able to select the best 11, play attractive football and to make telling substitutions, after all the board were glad to see the back of our previous manger for daring to go for three points late on in games.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Indeed, VictorM. We jettisoned Malky & Iwan; two men whose mere presence would`ve added to the squad`s strength & belief. (Compare Holt). I think Malky`s next club (WHU?) treated him in a similarly shabby manner after promotion, and he got his Premiership chance at the 3rd time of asking with Watford? I know I could `Wiki` that stuff, just testing out my memory synapse. (Yes, Blaff; synapse, singular ;-). Not so sure Malky would be a good idea, great guy that he doubtless is. Another ex-Canary, probably not as well-loved, is Tim Sherwood. Spurs` protestation that his job is safe is a strong indicator that the converse applies. Trouble is, managers seem to come as a prefabricated package these days. Do Malky and `Shywood` have such a package? We don`t want any residues of Hugh Trollderwood. A `Frankenstein`s Monster` scenario. Management `Casualty du jour` is Chris Powell at Charlton. Charlton, once seen as the `role model` under Curbishley are now deep in the poop. A bit late to sack the manager? Or is it never too late, Machianalli?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Wise words, waclor. I agree 99%. I would have agreed 100%, but I don`t think Malky would be quite as bad as Hughton! Chestec has reappeared. Odd. Now Sherwood; there are smoke signals from WHL that he may not be manager for long - because they have said he will. For his part, Shywood has repeatedly made it clear he does not want to be anybody`s No.2. Good stance, it means he can leave with his pride intact (though maybe not as good a pay-off). But does he come as a `package`? If so, who does he bring with him? He does seem passionate and ambitious as you say, Wac, but he`d need a good backroom team too, ie, not Caldertrollope et al. He`s nobody`s shrinking violet, for sure. Would our Board find him a bit overpowering? After all, Hyacinth Bowkett is on record as finding Lambo to be `the most impatient man I ever worked with`. I`ll take `work` with a pinch of salt, HB. At least Chrissy doesn`t seem too threatening. Certainly not to opposing teams, anyway.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • .....waiting for us to limp over the line !....if we don't he can always say he was not interested anyway ! .....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Hope he's not bragging in the photo!!

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    tom the taxi

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Also compare Huckerby MB. As a club we have a history of treating those that served us well with contempt on occasion. Do Malky's digitus secundus act as divining rods do you think? If so there could be the possibility of divine intervention perhaps?

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • The headline is wrong. He's not backing Hughton at all; he's backing the squad. He's implying, in fact, that if we don't make it through it will be Hughton's fault. That much he got right.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Mad Brewer - better than Davitt any day. Uses "synapse" and "Machianalli" in 1 post. Always worth a read!

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    chestec

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Sorry to take an opposing view to many but I think Malky is the one manager the board could select who would be as bad as Hughton. He made some awful signings for Cardiff, wasted millions and didn't get the best out of them. Tim Sherwood on the other hand may well be a much better bet. He seems to understand motivation and has passion and ambition.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Unfortunately for Malky there's more to management than pointing and shouting. We've already seen that with Peter 'the Pointer' Grant.

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    Bookface

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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