Performance director hired
Mackay takes SFA role amid new legal action
Mackay, who succeeds Brian McClair, is also a former Watford and Wigan manager and will oversee the development of the stars of the future.
The Championship club have lodged a claim of dishonest conspiracy against Mackay, former director of football Iain Moody and three agents – David Manasseh, Rob Segal and John Inglis.
Cardiff claim the five men conspired to defraud the club in 2013 over the Steven Caulker’s £8.5m transfer from Tottenham and Peter Odemwingie’s £2.5m transfer from West Brom.
The High Court in London will decide on Thursday whether the claim will be heard in open court or at a private tribunal.
In an SFA statement issued today, Mackay said: “I am immensely proud and privileged to become performance director and I am acutely aware of the importance of this role in achieving future success for our talented young players.
“As someone who was fortunate enough to develop as a young player at Queen’s Park and realise my dream of playing for my country at the national stadium, this feels like coming home.
“I can’t wait to work in partnership with our clubs and my colleagues at the Scottish FA to help improve future generations of Scotland players.”
SFA chief executive Stewart Regan added: “From the start of the recruitment process, Malky was an outstanding candidate and by the end of that thorough process he was the outstanding candidate.