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Mackay an 'idiot' over Cornelius signing, says Cardiff owner

From BBC - August 13, 2017

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has called former manager Malky Mackay an "idiot" for his signing of Andreas Cornelius in July 2013.

The Danish striker, then 20, arrived for a club record fee of an initial 7.5m but failed to score in 11 games.

He rejoined FC Copenhagen six months later and the episode was one of the reasons for Mackay's sacking in 2013.

"It was unfortunate that we only stayed in the Premier League for one season," said Tan.

"You know the main reason, I always say, and I have told Mehmet [Dalman, Cardiff's chairman] the same, is that we spent a lot of money there - I think it was 50m.

"What did we get? We paid 10.5m for Cornelius who did not even play 45 minutes and then the manager said he was a project.

"I am in the Premier League, I need to survive. What an idiot he [Mackay] is."

Mackay's representatives told BBC Wales Sport they had nothing to say regarding Tan's comments.

Big-money signings

Copenhagen paid in the region of 3m for Cornelius, who agreed to drop back down to his original salary of 6,000 per week, having been on 45,000 at Cardiff.

The striker was Scotsman Mackay's first signing after guiding Cardiff to promotion to the Premier League, and the Dane rediscovered his form at Copenhagen with a tally of 45 goals over his two spells with the club.

Cornelius joined Italian Serie A side Atalanta this summer for a fee thought to be close to 4m.

It transpires that, with add-ons, Cardiff's actual transfer fee for the striker was almost 11m and Cornelius's salary over a five-year contract, plus a 1.25m signing-on fee, meant the Bluebirds committed themselves to a total outlay of more than 20m.

Cardiff broke their record transfer fee twice more under Mackay, with Steven Caulker joining from Tottenham for 8m before Gary Medel was recruited from Sevilla for 11m, with both players proving a success on the pitch.

Following Cardiff's relegation after one season in the Premier League, defender Caulker was sold to Queens Park Rangers for 8m and Chile midfielder Medel to Inter Milan for 9m.

Tan's acrimonious sacking of Mackay - who is now the Scottish Football Association's performance director - was one of several flashpoints in what has been a tumultuous tenure since the Malaysian businessman bought the Welsh club in 2010.

Cardiff subsequently sent a dossier to the Football Association alleging that Mackay and former head of recruitment Iain Moody shared racist and sexist texts, with the governing body deciding that both men would face no action.

Tan's decision to change the team's home colours to red led to a fans' revolt but his financial support for Mackay was central to the club's promotion to the Premier League in 2013, albeit for only one season.

What rubbish is that?

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