Malky Mackay's relationship with Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan fell to a new low on Monday night as the Malaysian billionaire launched a public attack on his manager.

In an extraordinary statement that makes it seem likely that the Scot will be the next Barclays Premier League manager to leave his post, the club's CEO Simon Lim told Mackay he will not get a ‘single penny’ for new signings in January.

Mackay had said on Saturday, in the aftermath of a 1-0 win over West Brom, that he wanted three new players in the transfer window – comments that riled Malaysian billionaire, according to Lim.