End of the road for Macca

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 15th November 2023

Former Hammer defender Malky Mackay has been dismissed from his post as manager of Scottish club Ross County.

The no-nonsense centre half, who spent a year on the books at Upton Park as part of Alan Pardew's 2004/05 squad was in charge of County for just over two years before being handed his marching orders, after the club went nine matches without a win.

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"Malky joined the club in the summer of 2021 and had great success in leading the team to a Top six finish and a Manager of the Year nomination in his first season," read a statement issued by Ross County.

"His determination and drive to succeed was a contributing factor in saving County from relegation at end of season 2022/23 with the now historic penalty shoot-out play-off win against Partick Thistle in Dingwall.

"But, after a meeting between Malky, Chairman Roy MacGregor and CEO Steven Ferguson, the club have decided that a change is now required."

Chairman MacGregor added: "Malky has brought so much more to the club and the wider staff than just football management.

"The board would like to put on record our thanks for his contribution over the last 2 ½ years and wish him all the best in the next chapter of his career."

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In addition to his year as a Hammer, Mackay, now 51, also enjoyed spells with Quuens Park, Celtic, Norwich City and Watford during a playing career that spanned some 18 seasons.

Since hanging up his boots he has taken charge of Watford, Cardiff City, Wigan, Scotland - as caretaker - and his most recent club.

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