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Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay's trusted aide Iain Moody suspended and replaced by Kazakh rookie

8 Oct 2013 22:00
Iain Moody, the head of recruitment who Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has credited with most of his signings, has been suspended by Cardiff City and replaced by 23-year-old Kazakhstani Alisher Apsalyamov.
Malky Mackay's right-hand man Iain Moody has been suspended by Cardiff City - with his role being filled by rookie Kazakhstani Alisher Apsalyamov.
Head of Recruitment Moody, Mackay’s most trusted lieutenant, has played a key role in helping deliver signings during the manager’s successful two-year spell in charge of the Bluebirds
But WalesOnline has learned Moody - who also worked alongside Mackay at Watford - has left his post with the previously unknown Apsalyamov taking over his duties in an acting capacity.
The shock news, which is likely to unsettle Mackay, comes just days after it was revealed the Bluebirds boss has also been forced to deal with tensions between City’s players andowner Vincent Tan over a bonus row.
We have been told Tan has wanted his own man overseeing transfer activity and Moody’s position appears to have become less and less secure.
And it this week reached a critical point with Moody suspended from his duties with Apsalyamov, 23, handed his responsibilities.
Moody has become the most influential member of Mackay’s backroom team, sent by the manager to various parts of the world to target, talk to and sign the players who have helped the Bluebirds win the Championship title and also stabilise in the Premier League.
Among the City stars Moody was responsible for bringing to the club have been England international Steven Caulker, Chilean midfield warrior Gary Medel, French right-back Kevin Theophile-Catherine and £8million Dane Andreas Cornelius. He also helped Mackay snap up the likes of Fraizer Campbell, Jordon Mutch and Kim Bo-Kyung.
However, Tan wants somebody else at the helm with Apsalyamov given the chance in an acting capacity following Moody’s shock suspension, the reasons for which not known.
Apsalyamov has been at Cardiff since February, describing his position as executive assistant to CEO Simon Lim - although has not previously been listed by the club as a key staff member on their website or matchday programme.
According to his own biography on a social networking site, Apsalyamov - thought to be a friend of owner Vincent Tan’s son U-Jiun - has no previous experience in football.
But is believed he has spent several weeks shadowing Moody, a figure Mackay has regularly praised in public for his work in Cardiff’s forensic approach to talent-spotting and recruiting.

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Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay will not resign from the South Wales club despite owner Vincent Tan’s shocking decision to replace head of recruitment Iain Moody with a 23-year-old friend of his own son.

The Barclays Premier League new boys are in turmoil this morning after Tan replaced Mackay’s right-hand man – responsible for bringing 25 players to the club – with a young Kazakhstani who was painting walls at the stadium until three months ago.
Sportsmail can today reveal the outrageous events that have led to the appointment of Alisher Apsalyamov, a young man with absolutely no experience of football and who attended the same Swiss finishing school as Tan’s own son.
It is understood, though, that although Mackay – a hero in the Wales capital – is devastated by the developments of the last 24 hours, he has no intention of walking away and intends to be in charge of Cardiff when they place their next game at Chelsea on October 19.
Sources in South Wales revealed this morning that Mackay’s relationship with Tan has deteriorated steadily in recent weeks and that the talented Scottish manager – who led the club to the Championship title last season – has been uncomfortable about the increasing presence of Apsalyamov for a while.
Initially brought in to assist the club’s stadium maintenance team three months ago, Apsalyamov was painting walls initially. More recently, though, the 23-year-old has recently been watching Cardiff’s games on a laptop as if to prepare himself for a new role.
Yesterday the situation finally came to a head when Moody was told he was being suspended. After a period of confusion, he was then unsuspened and instead placed on gardening leave until the end of the season.
Staff were then informed that Apsalyamov was taking over his role, something that is understood to have left Mackay furious.
The Cardiff manager was not available for comment this morning.
Having taken over at the club in June 2011, the former West Ham and Watford defender led Cardiff to the Carling Cup Final in February 2012 and then to promotion last season. He is understandably revered in the City.
Tan, on the other hand, is the controversial businessman who, despite investing heavily in the club, remains unpopular in some quarters after changing the kit from blue to red and at one stage threatening to change the name.
His relationship with Mackay has been strained since last season when he appointed his friend Simon Lim as the club’s chief executive. Moral amongst staff at the club is known to have deteriorated since that time.
Moody has been a key part of Mackay’s backroom team, spending two years under him in Wales as well as assisting the Scot at Watford.
Mackay frequently cited Moody’s influence in the marquee summer signings of Steven Caulker, Gary Medel, Kevin Theophile-Catherine and Andreas Cornelius, highlighting the extreme diligence Moody puts into Cardiff’s scouting and recruitment programmes. 
Moody’s departure is sure to have shocked and disappointed Mackay, though the club did not respond last night to requests for an explanation. Club sources did, however, confirm to Sportsmail that Moody has been suspended.
On a biography on a social networking site, Apsalyamov admits he has no previous experience in football but it is believed he has spent several weeks shadowing Moody.
The development comes just days after Mackay refused to discuss the recent row that erupted between Tan and the players over end-of-season bonuses.
As an upshot of that row, Sportsmail understands that the players have requested Tan does not enter the dressing room before or during games.
Mackay was caught in the middle of that dispute, though he claimed after Saturday’s defeat against Newcastle that it was issue between the players and the club and not himself.
It is the latest surprising decision by Tan, who riled supporters by changing the club crest and swapping their primary colour from blue to red. 
However, he backed Mackay in the summer by sanctioning the signing of more than £30million in transfers after Cardiff won the Championship and were promoted.

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