LONDON (AP) — Cardiff manager Malky Mackay's job appears to be safe — for now at least — with the club assuring him of his future on Sunday and attempting to reconcile tensions.
Mackay's position at the Premier League club looked doomed earlier this week after Malaysian owner Vincent Tan sent the manager an email requesting him to stand down or be fired.
But Mackay, who insisted he would not resign, has been handed a reprieve with the hierarchy wanting to heal the rift.
"As things stand Malky is in charge for the foreseeable future and will be until something else happens," chairman Mehmet Dalman said on Sunday on the club website. "I don't want to go game by game on this, with people asking if he will be in charge."
Fans reacted with fury to Tan's attempt to oust Mackay, showing their support for the manager and disdain for the owner throughout a 3-1 loss at Liverpool on Saturday.
Unsettled by the supporters' reaction, Dalman appealed for a display of unity at the next Premier League game against Southampton on Thursday.
"If I had one wish for Boxing Day, it's that they don't hold up 'Tan Out' or 'Malky In' banners, but rather one that says 'Talk to each other,'" Dalman said.
"The crisis for the time being is over. The emphasis as of today is for us to create space and dialogue."