Malky Mackay

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Malky Mackay
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Mackay in 2012
Personal information
Full nameMalcolm George Mackay[1]
Date of birth(1972-02-19) 19 February 1972 (age 42)[1]
Place of birthBellshill, Scotland
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing positionDefender
Youth career
Queen's Park
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1990–1993Queen's Park70(6)
1993–1998Celtic34(4)
1998Norwich City (loan)1(0)
1998–2004Norwich City212(15)
2004–2005West Ham United18(2)
2005–2008Watford52(3)
Total387(30)
National team
2004Scotland5(0)
Teams managed
2008Watford (caretaker)
2009–2011Watford
2011–2013Cardiff City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
 
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Malky Mackay
Malky-Mackay.jpg
Mackay in 2012
Personal information
Full nameMalcolm George Mackay[1]
Date of birth(1972-02-19) 19 February 1972 (age 42)[1]
Place of birthBellshill, Scotland
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing positionDefender
Youth career
Queen's Park
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1990–1993Queen's Park70(6)
1993–1998Celtic34(4)
1998Norwich City (loan)1(0)
1998–2004Norwich City212(15)
2004–2005West Ham United18(2)
2005–2008Watford52(3)
Total387(30)
National team
2004Scotland5(0)
Teams managed
2008Watford (caretaker)
2009–2011Watford
2011–2013Cardiff City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Malcolm George "Malky" Mackay (born 19 February 1972) is a Scottish football manager and former player, who played as a defender. Mackay began his playing career in Scottish football, with Queen's Park and Celtic. He joined English side Norwich City in 1998, remaining there for six years. Between 2003 and 2006, he achieved consecutive promotions to the Premier League with Norwich, West Ham United and finally Watford. He played for Watford in the Premier League, and after retiring as a player in 2008, reached the position of full-time manager in June 2009. He was manager of Cardiff City between June 2011 and December 2013. Mackay won five caps for Scotland towards the end of his playing career.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Bellshill,[1] Mackay began his career in his native Scotland, coming through the youth ranks of Queen's Park, before joining Celtic in the summer of 1993. He made 46 appearances in 5 years with the Glasgow club, and in September 1998 moved to England, joining Norwich City for a fee of £350,000 after a one-game loan spell.[2]

Norwich City[edit]

At the end of the 2001–02 season Norwich fans voted Mackay in second place behind Gary Holt in the voting for Norwich City player of the year. In the 2003–04 season, his sixth at Norwich, the club was promoted to the Premier League after winning the then Division One, however he was released by Norwich at the end of the season. He was named in the Football League First Division Team of the Year in the 2003–04 in which they got promoted. Mackay scored a brace for Norwich in an East Anglian derby against Ipswich Town.[3]

West Ham[edit]

Mackay was signed for West Ham United by manager Alan Pardew, for £300,000, on 10 September 2004.[4] He played 18 league games for the Hammers, although none after March, as West Ham reached the play-offs, beating Preston North End in the final to reach the Premier League. Mackay was released before playing a top flight game.[2]

Watford[edit]

Mackay was picked up on a free transfer by Aidy Boothroyd as part of his rebuilding of Watford and soon become one of the key figures in Boothroyd's side. Mackay was involved in some fantastic defensive displays as well as scoring some vital goals, including one against fierce rivals Luton Town at Kenilworth Road in a 2–1 victory.[5] At the end of the 2005–06 season Mackay achieved the feat of being promoted to the Premier League for the third successive season, as Watford defeated Leeds United 3–0 in the play-off final.[6]

After having been released following his two previous promotion campaigns, Mackay was assured by Boothroyd that he would play a part in Watford's Premier League campaign, citing his experience as an important asset to the team. Although he was not a first-team regular, Mackay made 14 Premier League appearances in 2006–07. In January 2007, Mackay took his first step into coaching by being promoted to first team coach, following the departure of Dave Hockaday.[7]

In the 2007–08 season Mackay's only first team appearance came during an FA Cup match against Wolves in January 2008. He took over as caretaker manager at Watford on 4 November 2008 following the departure of Aidy Boothroyd.[8] but his spell in charge lasted just 5 games after former Chelsea reserve coach Brendan Rodgers was appointed on a long term basis by then Watford chairman Graham Simpson.

Managerial career[edit]

Watford[edit]

After Brendan Rodgers resigned in June 2009, Mackay took over as the manager of Watford. Watford drew 1–1 on their league visit to Reading on 26 September 2009, and by their second meeting late in the season Rodgers had been dismissed by Reading after only a few months in charge.[9][10] As for Mackay and Watford, 2009–10 was a difficult season where their Championship status was under threat for a long time, but by the end of April survival had been achieved against Reading, ending the season 14th place in the league.[11]

Cardiff City[edit]

Mackay signed a three-year contract as Cardiff City manager on 17 June 2011, with Watford receiving an undisclosed fee in compensation.[12] His reign began with a 1–0 away win over West Ham United. The side were undefeated in September, resulting in Mackay being nominated for the September Championship Manager of the Month in his first month managing the Welsh club.[13] Another unbeaten month for Cardiff resulted in Mackay winning the award in November.[14] He guided Cardiff to their first ever League Cup final, following wins over Oxford United, Huddersfield Town, Leicester City, Burnley, Blackburn Rovers and Crystal Palace in earlier rounds.[15][16] The week before the League Cup final, Mackay signed a three-and-half-year contract extension, tying him to the club until June 2016.[17] Mackay's side were beaten by Liverpool in the Wembley final, losing 3–2 on penalties, with a 2–2 scoreline after extra time. Cardiff's season ended where it began, as they were beaten by West Ham United in a two-legged Play-Off Semi Final.

Following the success of his first season in Wales, Mackay was reportedly one of the candidates to replace Paul Lambert at Premier League side Norwich City, however on 4 June 2012, Mackay turned down the offer to return to his former club and said he was fully committed to Cardiff City.[18] Mackay oversaw Cardiff's strongest ever home start to a league season, as they won each of their first ten fixtures at Cardiff City Stadium, the previous club record being nine consecutive home wins. Mackay went on to lead Cardiff to promotion to the Premier League, and sealed the Championship title after a 1-1 draw away at Burnley. Mackay was voted the LMA Championship Manager of the Year on 21 May 2013.[19] During the 2013-14 season, Mackay came under criticism from club owner Vincent Tan concerning his signings, transfer budgets, results and style of play. In December 2013, Tan told Mackay to resign from the club or be sacked, leading to critical media comment not only of the decision but of Tan's tactics, one commentator referring to Tan as "The world's thickest Machiavelli".[20] [21]

After a 3-0 home defeat to Southampton, Mackay was sacked by Cardiff on 27 December 2013 after a meeting with the club's directors.[22]

International career[edit]

During his sixth and final season at Norwich, at the age of 32, Mackay became the oldest man to make his debut for Scotland in 37 years.[23] It came in a 1–0 defeat to Denmark; Mackay later played in a 1–0 victory over Estonia and a 4–1 win against Trinidad & Tobago. In total, Mackay won five caps for Scotland.[24]

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Celtic
Norwich City
West Ham United
Watford

As a manager[edit]

Cardiff City

As an individual[edit]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 27 December 2013.
TeamNatFromToRecord
GWDLWin %
Watford (caretaker)England4 November 200824 November 2008521240.00
WatfordEngland15 June 200917 June 20119933254133.33
Cardiff CityWales17 June 201127 December 201312554373443.20
Total22989637738.86

Personal life[edit]

Mackay is married to Pamela, and they have two young children. Mackay's father (also named Malky Mackay) is a former footballer, who played as a striker. The Mackay family are all supporters of Glasgow-based club Queen's Park. Mackay Sr. is a member of the board at the club.[25] Mackay Jr. played for amateur side Queen's Park as a teenager, whilst working in a branch of the Bank of Scotland.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream Publishing. p. 276. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  2. ^ a b "Malky Mackay". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Three's the magic number for Mackay". Watford Football Club. 18 August 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Malky signs". www.whufc.com. 10 September 2004. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Luton 1–2 Watford". BBC Sport. 2 January 2006. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Leeds 0–3 Watford". BBC Sport. 21 May 2006. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Ashton, Neil (11 January 2007). "Hockaday feels Hornets' sting". Daily Mail. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Boothroyd needed break – Simpson". BBC Sport. 4 November 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Reading 1–1 Watford". BBC Sport. 26 September 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "Boss Brendan Rodgers leaves Reading by mutual consent". BBC Sport. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "Watford 3–0 Reading". BBC Sport. 24 April 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  12. ^ "Cardiff City appoint Watford's Malky Mackay as manager". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 17 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "Malky shortlisted for Award". Cardiff City Football Club. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay wins manager of the month award". BBC Sport. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "Cardiff 1 – 0 Burnley". BBC Sport. 25 October 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  16. ^ "Cardiff 1 – 0 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "Malky commits to Cardiff long term". Cardiff City FC Official Site. 22 February 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "Cardiff boss Mackay snubs Norwich". Daily Echo. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  19. ^ "Malky scoops LMA Manager gong". Cardiff City FC (Official Site). 21 May 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  20. ^ http://www.101greatgoals.com/blog/cardiff-owner-vincent-tan-panned-for-telling-manager-malky-mackay-to-resign-or-hell-be-sacked-via-email/
  21. ^ "Cardiff City: Malky Mackay told to quit or be sacked by Vincent Tan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "Malky Mackay: Cardiff City sack manager". BBC Sport. 27 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  23. ^ Speck, Ivan (29 January 2011). "The Real Mackay: He came up the hard way but preaches the beautiful game... meet Malky Mackay". Daily Mail. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  24. ^ "Malky Mackay- A squad". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  25. ^ "The big interview: Malky Mackay Sr. on how his son became Cardiff City's leader – Football News – Football – WalesOnline". Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  26. ^ Shaw, Phil (12 August 2004). "Mackay soars with the high-flying Canaries". The Independent. Retrieved 12 May 2012.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Neil Emblen
Norwich City captain
2001–2002
Succeeded by
Iwan Roberts