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Mackay takes SFA role amid new legal action

sport-footballFormer Celtic player and Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay was plunged into further controversy just as he was being unveiled as the Scottish Football Association’s performance director.

Mackay, who succeeds Brian McClair, is also a former Watford and Wigan manager and will oversee the development of the stars of the future.

Folowing an English FA investigation Mackay “profusely apologised” for sending a series of offensive texts, saying they were an aberration.

However, the 44-year-old is now at the centre of a £10 million claim for damages by Cardiff City.

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.

“His experiences as a player and a manager are complemented by his strategic outlook and commitment to implement many of the exciting proposals the performance working group have discussed in recent months.
“Malky will spend the initial weeks and months immersing himself in these recommendations and speaking to all relevant groups to provide a future framework that is conducive to meeting our shared objective: to provide a better standard of player for the benefit of our clubs and, ultimately, our national teams.”


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