• Mackay to be given final approval on all transfers
• Five-hour board meeting intended to have restabilised Cardiff
Cardiff City have moved to reassure Malky Mackay by stating the manager will have "final approval" on transfers after his key adviser and head of recruitment, Iain Moody, was forced out of the club last week.
The veto on player transactions, made clear in a statement on Tuesday, was among the central stipulations Mackay sought at the previous day's board meeting.
It lasted more than five hours and was held as the Cardiff hierarchy attempted to persuade Mackay that despite his dismay at Moody's treatment by the owner Vincent Tan, he can continue as manager.
After Tan made a brief appearance at the discussions by live link, Mackay was promised he would be granted the final say on all player transactions. With this having been confirmed in writing, the 41-year-old will feel he can proceed at the club he led into the Premier League only five months ago.
Where this leaves Alisher Apsalyamov, the 23-year-old Kazakh friend of Tan's son who was appointed as Moody's interim replacement, is unclear.
In the first of three resolutions drawn up to "strengthen the club", a restructuring of the board was announced to include a nomination and corporate governance committee.
The statement said its prime responsibilities will be to "support the manager, Malky Mackay, on all player purchases and sales. All transfer dealings will be conducted subject to the manager's final approval".
Tan also attempted to soothe Cardiff supporters following a turbulent two weeks that began with a dispute over players' end-of-season bonuses by writing off interest on £5.8m of loans and on any accrued in the future up to a total of £50m.
The fortnight of instability was acknowledged by the statement which outlined what occurred at Monday's meeting. It read: "All aspects and matters relating to the present and the future of the club were fully discussed. In order for the club to grow and sustain its ability to be a competitive force in the Premier League, the board has made a number of decisions which will strengthen the club, support the executive team, manager and his staff and enhance shareholder return. Needless to say, the board discussed the events of the last two weeks in detail."
The show of support for Mackay follows the Cardiff City Supporters' Trust's demands that the club should fundamentally change its approach, with the body having called for a representative on the executive and greater transparency.
In a statement issued earlier on Tuesday Tim Hartley, the trust chairman, said: "Bluebirds fans deserve a full explanation following the board meeting, including the reasoning behind the decision to appoint Alisher Apsalyamov as acting head of recruitment. The events of the last week at Cardiff demonstrate the need for a new approach to the ownership and governance of professional football clubs.
"Cardiff could make a start by acting in a more transparent way and by engaging and communicating with fans. It could also consider having a supporter director who would be able to represent the fans' views at the top table. We reiterate our support for Malky Mackay, who has been one of the best managers in the club's history."