MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: County can look forward/Mackay will face long hiatus

Cardiff City's manager Malky Mackay on the touchline before the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 26, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Norwich. Photo credit should read: Chris Radbu

Cardiff City's manager Malky Mackay on the touchline before the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 26, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Norwich. Photo credit should read: Chris Radbu

First published in Sport by

NEWPORT County fans will be forgiven for feeling like the season starts now after their much improved performance and important point earned against Burton Albion at Rodney Parade on Saturday.

Four defeats, three in the league and another in the Capital One Cup had seen some Exiles fans predicting an unprecedented level of doom and gloom ahead as the feel-good factor from last season definitely evaporated.

However, there is still a positive playing environment at Rodney Parade for every home game. Despite County’s predicament, supporters ensure they don’t get on the players’ backs once the game begins, irrespective of the gnashing of teeth and cries of what a load of rubbish by fans between Monday and Friday.

That’s really commendable and was even commented upon by Burton boss Gary Rowett. And Newport’s passionate fanbase will no doubt anticipate the coming week with great interest.

It is that time in terms of squad tweaking, the transfer window not closed until the end of the month and one must feel the goalposts have moved for the Exiles.

The news that striker Rene Howe is out for possibly the remainder of the campaign is a bitter blow for manager Justin Edinburgh and he may now conclude he needs to reinforce the entire spine of his side.

The manager was already keen on a defensive and midfield acquisition, on the proviso he could move a couple of players out, but now the Exiles will surely also covet another attacking player.

Edinburgh has under a week to do permanent business and bearing in mind the financial restrictions on League Two sides, perhaps it is more prudent for County to really do their homework in terms of potential loan arrivals.

Edinburgh has always in his time at Newport exhibited a preference for permanent over temporary acquisitions, opining that it helps to provide more stability at the club and it is hard to argue that logic.

However, County must cut their cloth accordingly and they should be laying the groundwork now to identify the next Karl Darlow, Deji Oshilaja or Alex Gilbey, a loanee who can really improve Newport’s first XI.

We can’t kid ourselves into believing everything is rosy at County just because they’ve put a point on the board, but similarly we shouldn’t dismiss the achievement, especially as it came against a Burton side in rude form and almost certain to challenge for automatic promotion this term.

County have a tiny acorn, now they just need to work out a way to let the tall tree grow.

And a signing or two in the coming week or some loan movement in the next month or so; might allow them to move forward more confidently.

HOW does Malky Mackay return to the game after the furore over his text messages?

The basic answer is he doesn’t.

I’m forever using this forum to bang on about second chances and football being bound, like any profession, by the laws of the land, but I can’t honestly see how Malky can return as a Premier League, or even Football League manager. The bottom line for Mackay is that he’s in the business of being a number one, the person on the football side of the club that everyone else looks to, for everything.

A manager must inspire, motivate, represent the club in commercial, business, football and media endeavours and they must be the person who dishes out discipline to the playing personnel.

In the short term, that’s simply impossible for Mackay.

He can’t walk into any dressing room and command respect and he’s created ill-feeling throughout the game.

Former Wales goalkeeper Jason Brown has already stated Mackay “Shouldn’t manage again,” and you can’t believe he’s a solitary voice from within the sport.

Too many players have lost trust in Mackay. There is no possibility for him to be given the respect required to manage a football club when the perception of him is that he is a racist.

It’s easy to say you aren’t a racist, but the texts between Mackay and Iain Moody were shameful and Mackay has acknowledged using racist language about his own players and chairman.

That’s impossible to come back from.

Mackay’s only route back into football now is to work somewhere in a coaching capacity, not as a number one and work in an environment where he can make a positive impression and build a relationship with players from within the club, working his way back up, so to speak and earning people’s trust.

However, as much as Mackay deserves negative scrutiny he’s facing, are we really living in a world where Cardiff City are the outraged bastion of decency?

Whatever the lawyers paid by Cardiff found on Mackay’s phone, they are still the club that promised fans they wouldn’t change the shirt colours and then did and the club who live at the risk of administration and financial meltdown but for the whims of an incredibly eccentric owner (by his own admission).

All the faux outrage in the world won’t heal the rift between Cardiff at board and terrace level and that can’t be so easily forgotten.

Comments (5)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:05am Tue 26 Aug 14

AnnPark says...

Extremely well written article and I must say that the views on Mackay posited here are ultimately, spot on! However, I have to take issue with your unfortunate use of the term 'incredibly eccentric...purporte
dly self confessed of the owner, Vincent Tan, as it continues the willful mischaracterization of a decent man by Mackay. That's grossly unfair and implies that the actions taken were disproportionate to the offense committed by Mackay and Moody! The poor owner was no match for this devious duo. Using civil language to describe the duo's misdeeds, the owner, probably advised by his PR consultants, thought it fit to use diplomatic and euphemistic language, describing the player transfer sums as 'overspending' instead of 'bung'. The intent was honorable but it was sadly, overly charitable and misguided in dealing with 2 motivated adversaries who used their press contacts to feed mistruths and little leakages from the dressing room. It was all calculated to paint Vincent Tan as an erratic, eccentric and unreasonable man. The press and the fans took it in hook, line and sinker, and parodied the owner with unflattering epithets, such as, inter alia, ' Bond villian'!

In truth the current opprobrium befalling Mackay and Moody, is ultimately, just akin to having their faces thrashed with a wet tissue, as events will subsequently prove. Many of Mackay's defenders have alluded to the prevalence of bung payments to other high profile managers. However, the fact that other more illustrious managers have put their hands in the till before does not justify what happened in Cardiff City FC. They too would have been run out of town if their misdeeds were discovered during their tenure as managers, toxic wrath or not!

I can now reveal that as a football fan and former prosecutor, I had written to Mr Tan detailing the actions he should take and which he subsequently pursued to clear his name; actions such as the forensic examination of the digital and paper trail relating to the player transfers, all of which is playing out before our eyes. If you read the Daily Mail's initial report carefully, you'd find that perilously and portentously for the duo, 100% commissions to nominee agents and other unsavory payments have been unearthed. I was not a stakeholder but my sense of fair play had been violated by the unwarranted odium, contempt and villification visited upon a man who had done so much for Cardiff City FC by the club's fans and the media, both cleverly manipulated by the duo.

I was insensed that the fans and media continued to denigrate a man who chose to use polite and euphemistic terms like 'overspending the budget' when it was patently obvious that the player transfers were anything but kosher and much more precise language could and should have been used to describe the transactions!

What should be more disconcerting and ominous to the duo is the fact that Cardiff’s London law firm Mishcon de Reya has retained the services of Sir Keir Starmer, the former director of public prosecutions, to advise as to whether there is a case of fraud to be answered and a criminal complaint filed?

Finally, whether Mr Tan had acted on my or others' behest and advise is irrelevant. Suffice it to note that justice will eventually be served, shaking the wrongdoers like fishes!
Extremely well written article and I must say that the views on Mackay posited here are ultimately, spot on! However, I have to take issue with your unfortunate use of the term 'incredibly eccentric...purporte dly self confessed of the owner, Vincent Tan, as it continues the willful mischaracterization of a decent man by Mackay. That's grossly unfair and implies that the actions taken were disproportionate to the offense committed by Mackay and Moody! The poor owner was no match for this devious duo. Using civil language to describe the duo's misdeeds, the owner, probably advised by his PR consultants, thought it fit to use diplomatic and euphemistic language, describing the player transfer sums as 'overspending' instead of 'bung'. The intent was honorable but it was sadly, overly charitable and misguided in dealing with 2 motivated adversaries who used their press contacts to feed mistruths and little leakages from the dressing room. It was all calculated to paint Vincent Tan as an erratic, eccentric and unreasonable man. The press and the fans took it in hook, line and sinker, and parodied the owner with unflattering epithets, such as, inter alia, ' Bond villian'! In truth the current opprobrium befalling Mackay and Moody, is ultimately, just akin to having their faces thrashed with a wet tissue, as events will subsequently prove. Many of Mackay's defenders have alluded to the prevalence of bung payments to other high profile managers. However, the fact that other more illustrious managers have put their hands in the till before does not justify what happened in Cardiff City FC. They too would have been run out of town if their misdeeds were discovered during their tenure as managers, toxic wrath or not! I can now reveal that as a football fan and former prosecutor, I had written to Mr Tan detailing the actions he should take and which he subsequently pursued to clear his name; actions such as the forensic examination of the digital and paper trail relating to the player transfers, all of which is playing out before our eyes. If you read the Daily Mail's initial report carefully, you'd find that perilously and portentously for the duo, 100% commissions to nominee agents and other unsavory payments have been unearthed. I was not a stakeholder but my sense of fair play had been violated by the unwarranted odium, contempt and villification visited upon a man who had done so much for Cardiff City FC by the club's fans and the media, both cleverly manipulated by the duo. I was insensed that the fans and media continued to denigrate a man who chose to use polite and euphemistic terms like 'overspending the budget' when it was patently obvious that the player transfers were anything but kosher and much more precise language could and should have been used to describe the transactions! What should be more disconcerting and ominous to the duo is the fact that Cardiff’s London law firm Mishcon de Reya has retained the services of Sir Keir Starmer, the former director of public prosecutions, to advise as to whether there is a case of fraud to be answered and a criminal complaint filed? Finally, whether Mr Tan had acted on my or others' behest and advise is irrelevant. Suffice it to note that justice will eventually be served, shaking the wrongdoers like fishes! AnnPark
  • Score: 8

9:20am Tue 26 Aug 14

blackandamber says...

Whatever happened to free speech in this country however offensive the offended might feel. All I can say is it's a good job these sensitive souls never worked in a steelworks or a coal mine. If I took everyone to court who had ever said nasty things to me I'd be an extremely wealthy man.
Whatever happened to free speech in this country however offensive the offended might feel. All I can say is it's a good job these sensitive souls never worked in a steelworks or a coal mine. If I took everyone to court who had ever said nasty things to me I'd be an extremely wealthy man. blackandamber
  • Score: -4

11:11am Tue 26 Aug 14

Frankfurt says...

It seems likely that more revelations are to come concerning MacKay and Moody which will be very damaging to those individuals and football when the investigation into their activities is complete. But Tan made himself an obvious target for lampooning when he changed the famous Bluebirds colours to red , employed a boy without a work permit to replace Moody and wore his trousers under his armpits so he looked like a character out of a Benny Hill show. Also how did he have so little control over his football club that he allowed all this to go on? Surely he doesn't run his others businesses in such a cavalier manner.
It seems likely that more revelations are to come concerning MacKay and Moody which will be very damaging to those individuals and football when the investigation into their activities is complete. But Tan made himself an obvious target for lampooning when he changed the famous Bluebirds colours to red , employed a boy without a work permit to replace Moody and wore his trousers under his armpits so he looked like a character out of a Benny Hill show. Also how did he have so little control over his football club that he allowed all this to go on? Surely he doesn't run his others businesses in such a cavalier manner. Frankfurt
  • Score: 2

11:22am Tue 26 Aug 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

blackandamber wrote:
Whatever happened to free speech in this country however offensive the offended might feel. All I can say is it's a good job these sensitive souls never worked in a steelworks or a coal mine. If I took everyone to court who had ever said nasty things to me I'd be an extremely wealthy man.
Are you seriously defending racist, sexist and anti-semitic comments by a football manager ? Get a grip.
[quote][p][bold]blackandamber[/bold] wrote: Whatever happened to free speech in this country however offensive the offended might feel. All I can say is it's a good job these sensitive souls never worked in a steelworks or a coal mine. If I took everyone to court who had ever said nasty things to me I'd be an extremely wealthy man.[/p][/quote]Are you seriously defending racist, sexist and anti-semitic comments by a football manager ? Get a grip. Thomas O'Malley
  • Score: 8

12:31pm Tue 26 Aug 14

DavidMclean says...

Thomas O'Malley wrote:
blackandamber wrote:
Whatever happened to free speech in this country however offensive the offended might feel. All I can say is it's a good job these sensitive souls never worked in a steelworks or a coal mine. If I took everyone to court who had ever said nasty things to me I'd be an extremely wealthy man.
Are you seriously defending racist, sexist and anti-semitic comments by a football manager ? Get a grip.
Freedom of speech doesn't mean the freedom to say anything and everything. Freedom of speech comes with responsibility. Do we think it's right that some religious extremists openly call for violence and death? That's freedom of speech to some sickos. I also read a while ago of a paedophile who tried to use the 'freedom of speech' argument to justify sending disgusting texts to an underage child.
[quote][p][bold]Thomas O'Malley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blackandamber[/bold] wrote: Whatever happened to free speech in this country however offensive the offended might feel. All I can say is it's a good job these sensitive souls never worked in a steelworks or a coal mine. If I took everyone to court who had ever said nasty things to me I'd be an extremely wealthy man.[/p][/quote]Are you seriously defending racist, sexist and anti-semitic comments by a football manager ? Get a grip.[/p][/quote]Freedom of speech doesn't mean the freedom to say anything and everything. Freedom of speech comes with responsibility. Do we think it's right that some religious extremists openly call for violence and death? That's freedom of speech to some sickos. I also read a while ago of a paedophile who tried to use the 'freedom of speech' argument to justify sending disgusting texts to an underage child. DavidMclean
  • Score: 6

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree