League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan has hit back at Cardiff City’s Simon Lim for an ‘inappropriate and unprofessional’ public statement regarding former manager Malky Mackay’s transfer policies.
Cardiff chief executive Lim released a statement on Thursday which criticised the transfer policies of Mackay and Iain Moody, the club’s former head of recruitment, over their signing of Andreas Cornelius.
The Premier League club claimed that ‘careless management’ has cost them in excess of £8.5million over the Danish striker, who returned to FC Copenhagen after just seven months in Wales.
However, Bevan has leapt to Mackay’s defence and has called for caution during an ongoing legal process between Cardiff and Mackay, regarding compensation in the wake his departure from the club in December.
“It is most unfortunate that Mr Lim has chosen to speak out in this way,” Bevan said.
“Mr Lim is aware that there is a legal process under way between Malky Mackay and Cardiff City and it is both inappropriate and unprofessional for either party to be making public statements of this nature at this time.
“Given that Mr Lim has spoken out against Malky Mackay in relation to the acquisition of a player, however, it is only right that the record is put straight on the following two key issues.
“This is the same Mr Lim to whom, under the specific and express terms of Malky Mackay’s contract of employment with Cardiff City, Malky was obliged to report in respect of all matters pertaining to the transfer of players.
“This is the same Mr Lim who, when being asked more than once, upon dismissing Malky Mackay, why he was dismissing him, said that he did not know the reason.
“All football clubs at the elite level have systems in place for corporate governance. Cardiff City is no exception.
“A manager, even in the Premier League, does not go out and “sign” players. All recommendations go to his CEO and board, essentially the chief executive on the board’s behalf – deals with all financial arrangements to finalise any signings.”
Cornelius failed to score in his stint at the club and Lim’s statement singled out the transfer and praised new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s work in the January transfer window.
“The key shareholders have made their dissatisfaction of such a huge loss known to the board of directors which they believe is due to imprudent and careless management undertaken by the previous football management,” Lim said.
“Our shareholders have expressed their support and pleasure to the new management team.
“Tan Sri Vincent Tan, through the board of directors and with their support, is ‘encouraged’ by the work done by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the January transfer window.
“Solskjaer was instrumental in attracting top professionals who have the experience and the willpower to make an immediate impact in the club’s desire to maintain its Premier League status.”
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