Mackay to stay at Cardiff, leaving Blues boss Hughton as the front-runner.
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Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has ruled himself out of the running to become the new Norwich City manager but only after the East Anglian club said they were seeking a candidate with ‘top league’ experience.
The 40-year-old Scotsman was the favourite to succeed Paul Lambert, who was appointed as Aston Villa’s new boss on Sunday.
But Mackay, who has also managed Watford, told the Bluebird’s official website: “I have started a project at Cardiff City. I am fully committed to our club and the challenges ahead.”
His statement comes just hours after Norwich chief executive David McNally confirmed the Canaries wanted a manager with ‘top league’ experience, effectively ruling out former Scotland international Mackay, who has only managed in the Championship.
Mackay played for 212 times for Norwich between 1998 and 2004 and admitted last week that he was flattered to be linked to the Carrow Road vacancy and still had many friends at Norwich.
He guided Cardiff to the Championship playoffs in his first full season and in February narrowly lost out to Liverpool on penalties in the League Cup final.
Birmingham boss Chris Hughton is now the bookmakers favourite for the job, although Celtic manager Neil Lennon remains in contention.
The Premier League managerial merry-go-round is in full swing, with Liverpool and Aston Villa having already poached Swansea and Norwich’s bosses respectively and West Brom also seeking a replacement for England manager Roy Hodgson.