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Mackay plea to Cardiff fans

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has urged the fans to get behind the team when they host Southampton in the Premier League on Boxing Day.

The Scot's future remains in the balance following owner Vincent Tan's ultimatum to resign or be sacked but he has been "humbled" by the support he has received from the Bluebirds' faithful.

Mackay is happy for the supporters to give vent to their feelings on Thursday but he also wants them to back his team as they have done throughout the campaign.

"Our fans are the lifeblood of the club," said Mackay.

"When I'm gone and the owner is gone the fans will still be supporting the team. What they want to sing and what they want to say is down to themselves.

"They are intelligent people who have got their own opinions about the football club but I know they will get behind the football team like they have always done from the first day I have arrived there.

"I will always be thankful for that. If they do that then there can be enjoyment of watching their team in the Premier League."

Mackay expects Mauricio Pochettino's side to provide a stern test at Cardiff City Stadium, and pointedly referred to them as an example for the Welsh club to follow.

"Southampton is going to be a tough one," he said. "They are someone I look at and say there is a model which we have been trying to follow this year.

"They came up to the Premier League, they were the best team in the Championship when we played them and they invested well and are trying to do the right things with their football club and with the academy and it can be seen.

"They invested heavily last year and stayed in the league and this summer they invested heavily again and are making a real good way in the Premier League this year."