Malky Mackay could be sacked after his agent admitted that, while the Cardiff City manager remains determined not to resign, his future depends on the "powers that be" at the club. Effectively this means Mackay's position will be decided by Vincent Tan, the owner.
Mackay attended a meeting of the board on Monday to discuss the direction of the club following the departure of Iain Moody who, as head of recruitment, was the manager's key adviser.
Tan replaced Moody with Alisher Apsalyamov, a 23-year-old Kazakh friend of his son who was formerly on work experience at Cardiff, a decision that compounded the uncertainty at the club.
While confirming that Mackay would not offer his resignation, the manager's representative, Raymond Sparkes, was clear that there are no guarantees the 41-year-old would retain his job.
"There is absolutely no prospect of Malky resigning from a job that he loves, a job he's ensconced in. No – absolutely, categorically not. That's not something Malky is contemplating," Sparkes, who was also at the board meeting, told BBC Radio Wales.
"Malky loves being at Cardiff City, has started a job there and feels that he's been given the opportunity to be the architect in some respects of a new Cardiff City. But football is a precarious business and Malky's decision to stay might not be matched by all the powers that be deciding that he should stay, so that's pretty much in the hands of other people."
Mackay remains angry at the treatment of Moody. Last week Moody was suspended, then placed on gardening leave before it was announced he had departed.
"Malky's feeling a little bit bemused and a good bit frustrated and certainly concerned," Sparkes said. "He has been concerned in terms of what this would mean to the club and also for the fans, who he feels have really not had anything said to them that has been meaningful.
"Malky is concerned that the fans had been kept pretty much in the dark."
Moody is unhappy at the allegations which led to his removal. These referred to an overspend of the summer transfer budget, after he helped Mackay sign Sevilla's Gary Medel for £11m, Tottenham Hotspur's Steven Caulker for £9m, Andreas Cornelius of FC Copenhagen for £8.5m and Rennes's Kévin Théophile-Catherine for £2.1m.
Tan's desire to remove Moody from the club had been building for several weeks, according to Sparkes. "Both men have made their positions quite clear but Iain has still been removed from his position and that's not going to change," he said.
"The real question is how do we go forward from here, how do we get things back on to an even keel and not only have a plan for taking the club forward but convince the Cardiff City fans that it's something that they can absolutely rely on and trust in going forward.
"Iain was a crucial member of Malky's team and for anyone who knows Malky or has come into contact with him, he is a tremendous character in every respect.
"No one will be surprised to hear that when a member of his family – if that's what we can call him – has been removed, then Malky, on complete morality grounds, is always going to jump to the defence of that individual."