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Malky Mackay could swap Cardiff turmoil for Carrow Road

| 04.11.2013

Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay was in high spirits after his side’s 1-0 Welsh derby win over Swansea, but his future at the Cardiff City Stadium still looks far from assured.

The 2012/13 Championship winners are out to 11/4 for relegation after that win and climbed above their local rivals to 12th in the Premier League table.

However, with owner Vincent Tan observing an ominous silence since the sacking of Mackay ally Iain Moody there is a sense around the Welsh capital that all of the Scot’s hard work could be undone should their Malaysian chairman act on another one of his whims.

It is therefore intriguing to see Mackay linked with the not-yet-vacant manager’s job at his old club Norwich after their 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City.

Current Canaries boss Chris Hughton spent around £25m on new players over the summer in an attempt to build on his side’s solid 11th-place top-flight finish in 2012/13.

Things have not gone as well as many observers were predicting and new strikers Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper’s return of one Premier League goal between them has been particularly disappointing.

Hughton has overseen just two wins in ten top-flight games this term and is thought to be hanging on to his job by a thread.

If the former Republic of Ireland defender does get the chop it is understood that the Carrow Road hierarchy will move to replace him with Mackay.

The Bellshill native spent six seasons in East Anglia after leaving Celtic in 1998 and helped the club gain promotion to the Premier League in 2003/04.

Norwich have been stuck in the bottom three since the start of last month, but they’re only a point off 17th-placed Stoke and Coral have them priced-up at 9/4 for relegation this season.

With almost three-quarters of the season still to come, Mackay would fancy his chances of guiding his old club to safety were he to end up in the Norwich hotseat.