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More comedy at Cardiff, as Vincent Tan-appointed Kazakh quits over work permit

BY LEE SHI-IAN
December 22, 2013

Cardiff City supporters hold banners opposing Vincent Tan during the match between Liverpool and Cardiff City at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, yesterday. - AFP pic, December 22, 2013.Cardiff City supporters hold banners opposing Vincent Tan during the match between Liverpool and Cardiff City at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, yesterday. - AFP pic, December 22, 2013.The storm over Cardiff City continues after Alisher Apsalyamov quit as the club's interim head of recruitment, reported Britain's Daily Mail.

The paper said the 23-year-old Apsalyamov, who was appointed by Cardiff owner Tan Sri Vincent Tan, was forced to leave his position after failing to obtain a work permit.

The timing of his departure is a blow to Cardiff City, coming little over a week before the January transfer window opens.

Apsalyamov, a schoolmate of Tan's son who had no previous experience of top-level football, was appointed in October to replace Iain Moody.

Moody was sacked by Tan, who was furious that Cardiff City had overspent by £15 million (RM81.3 million) in the summer transfer window.

Apsalyamov had originally joined the south Wales club on work experience before being appointed as Moody's replacement.

Shortly after his appointment, Apsalyamov was told to step down by the British Home Office until his work permit was approved.

Moody, who has since joined Crystal Palace, had helped manager Malky Mackay to sign the likes of Gary Medel, Steven Caulker and Peter Odemwingie.

Yesterday Cardiff fans staged a rally at Anfield, heaping abuse on Tan and showing their support for Mackay, who has been under pressure from Tan to quit.

The League Manager's Association (LMA) chief Richard Bevan also offered his support for Mackay, who was clearly emotional after the match against Liverpool.

The Mail reported that despite Tan's attempt to force Mackay to resign, he has vowed to remain as the Cardiff manager.

It is understood that Tan would have to pay Mackay a compensation package of £3 million if he sacks him.

The paper also reported that former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson was Tan's lead candidate to replace Mackay.

Eriksson, 65, is currently coaching Chinese side Guangzhou R&F and has previous experience of managing clubs in the Premier League.

He also has experience in dealing with eccentric owners after previously being hired by former Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Former Norway and Manchester United striker, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, was thought to be the favourite to replace Mackay.

But Solskjaer, who now manages Norwegian club Molde, is thought to have misgivings about working for Tan. - December 22, 2013.