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Malky Mackay : biography

19 February 1972 -

Malcolm George "Malky" Mackay (born 19 February 1972) is a Scottish football manager and former player, who played as a defender. He is currently the manager of Cardiff City. 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 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 appointed manager of Cardiff City in June 2011. Mackay won five caps for Scotland towards the end of his playing career.

International career

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 32 years. 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.

Managerial statistics

As of 4 May 2013.
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Watford (caretaker) England}} 4 November 2008 24 November 2008
Watford England}} 15 June 2009 17 June 2011
Cardiff City Wales}} 17 June 2011 Present


As a player

  • Scottish Premier League (1): 1997–98
Norwich City
  • Football League First Division (1): 2003–04
West Ham United
  • Football League Championship Play-Off Winners (1): 2004–05
  • Football League Championship Play-Off Winners (1): 2005–06

As a manager

Cardiff City
  • Football League Championship (1): 2012–13

As an individual

  • Football League Championship Manager of the Month (2): March 2011, November 2011
  • LMA Championship Manager of the Year (1): 2012–13

Managerial career


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. 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.

Cardiff City

Mackay signed a three-year contract as Cardiff City manager on 17 June 2011, with Watford receiving an undisclosed fee in compensation. 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. Another unbeaten month for Cardiff resulted in Mackay winning the award in November. He lead 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. The week before the League Cup final, Mackay signed a three-and-half-year contract extension, tying him to the club until June 2016. 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 outclassed by West Ham United in a two-legged Play-Off Semi Final.

Following the success of his first season in Wales, Mackay was named as 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. 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 nPower Championship title after a 1-1 draw away at Burnley. Mackay was voted the LMA Championship Manager of the Year on 21 May 2013.

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