Mackay's attempts to meet Cardiff owner rejected

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CARDIFF, Wales (AP) -- After expecting to be fired over the weekend, Cardiff manager Malky Mackay said Monday that the club's owner won't meet him.

The Scot looked likely to lose his job after receiving an ultimatum last week from owner Vincent Tan to resign or be fired in an email that listed grievances against the manager.

Mackay refused to resign and chairman Mehmet Dalman assured the manager on Sunday that he would remain in charge for the "foreseeable future."

But there was a caveat in Sunday's statement, with Dalman saying there would need to be some form of reconciliation between the owner and manager.

"I've been asked if I would meet the owner and Mehmet, which is absolutely something that would be for the good the club and for the good of us all going forward," Mackay said at a news conference.

"I think that should be sooner rather than later. I certainly wanted that meeting to be today but unfortunately that was declined. If not today, then tomorrow but unfortunately that has also been declined. So after that we are in Christmas Day and then there's game day so unfortunately that's probably not going to be until the end of the week."

Mackay has been trying to meet the Malaysian owner for three months without success. Tan and Mackay clashed over the dismissal of head of recruitment Iain Moody in October, and the damage has yet to be repaired.

"I don't know if we can talk," Mackay said. "There are certain areas that have to be addressed that were in the email. I will find out when I go to the meeting. At that point I will take stock of where I am."

Mackay said he had been angered by Tan's email, and is surprised to still be employed by the club.

"I was given an email which deeply upset me," Mackay said. "I politely declined to resign and then I suppose after the weekend I expected to be sacked."

The tensions within the club have overshadowed Cardiff's first season in the Premier League, with protests against Tan during Saturday's 3-1 loss at Liverpool.

Tan had already alienated some fans by changing the club's colors from blue to red and adopting a new crest.