Date: 22nd December 2011 at 2:33pm
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Former Hornet’s boss and current Cardiff City gaffer Malky Mackay has said that he expects a hostile reception on Boxing Day.

The former Watford defender moved to South Wales over the summer after two seasons as manager at Vicarage Road, preceded by four years at the club as a player and coach.

Having also returned to poach many of the club’s football staff and exploit a loophole in midfielder Don Cowie’s contract, the Scot won’t be on everyone’s Christmas card list in a few days time.

Speaking to Wales Online, Mackay said:

“It`s understandable that a manager who left of his own accord rather than being sacked is going to get booed.’

Mackay continued: “What I would like to be judged on is my time at Watford as a player, a coach and, more recently, as a manager, although I know that might take time.

“I want to be judged on my team, on the players I had and the way my team played. I`d like to be judged on the way I acted as Watford manager.’

I for one will give Mackay a good reception but this game is bigger than one man and it’s more important to keep our good run of form going.