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Mackay expecting a hostile reception

Mackay expecting a hostile reception

Former Hornet's boss and current Cardiff City gaffer Malky Mackay has said that he expects a hostile reception on Boxing Day.

The former Watford defender moved to South Wales over the summer after two seasons as manager at Vicarage Road, preceded by four years at the club as a player and coach.

Having also returned to poach many of the club's football staff and exploit a loophole in midfielder Don Cowie's contract, the Scot won't be on everyone's Christmas card list in a few days time.

Speaking to Wales Online, Mackay said:

"It`s understandable that a manager who left of his own accord rather than being sacked is going to get booed.'

Mackay continued: "What I would like to be judged on is my time at Watford as a player, a coach and, more recently, as a manager, although I know that might take time.

"I want to be judged on my team, on the players I had and the way my team played. I`d like to be judged on the way I acted as Watford manager.'

I for one will give Mackay a good reception but this game is bigger than one man and it's more important to keep our good run of form going.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tom Bodell
Date:Thursday December 22 2011
Time: 2:32PM


You may be in the minority giving Mackay a good reception judging by comments on other boards. I don't think i'll bother giving any reception to Malky, we have moved on and so has he. This is another game where the focus must be on Dyche and our players getting something from it. I do applaud the work Malky did as a player, coach and manager here, but the way he left just after signing a new contract and the fact he pursued our staff, players and transfer targets after he left, leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. For me, a manager leaving the way Malky did (on his own terms) should leave a legacy to show he improved the club. Thanks to his pursuit of our playing and non-playing staff, Sean Dyche picked up a club in not as a good shape as the one Malky inherited from Brendan Rogers.
22/12/2011 16:12:00
Completely valid points. 'Good reception' might be the wrong way of phrasing it. I won't be there clapping him, but I won't boo him either.
22/12/2011 16:19:00
Graham Taylor always got a good reception when he came back and Malky you would have done if you had conducted your self with dignity, but being the arrogant asshole you are, I won't even waste my energy on you. Good valid points Chris, boys, what time is kick off?
22/12/2011 23:32:00
Kick off 12 o'clock Noon...
23/12/2011 10:29:00
Cheers 1
23/12/2011 19:09:00
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