Cardiff chief Dalman slams 'nonsense' exit reports

The Bluebirds endured a difficult campaign both on and off the field with managerial changes and relegation from the Premier League, but the club's chairman insists he will stay

Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman has denied reports that he is set to leave the Championship-bound club.

The club dropped straight back from the Premier League to the second tier this season after a turbulent campaign off the field, which resulted in Malky Mackay being sacked as manager amid a reported falling out with owner Vincent Tan. 

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An agreement was reached between the pair recently following a legal claim but it was just one of a number of distractions away from the pitch, including tensions between Tan and the club's supporters over the changing of the team's shirt colour from blue to red. 

The departure of former head of recruitment Iain Moody and the subsequent spying row have also contributed to a testing season for Cardiff, with that continuing on Friday when a report in the British press suggested Dalman wanted out - but he has denied those claims.

In a statement on the club's official website, he said: "What nonsense. The article reporting on my future at Cardiff is total nonsense.

"I have no plan to go anywhere and will continue to play a role in the future of Cardiff City Football Club."

Having replaced Mackay with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in January, the Bluebirds finished bottom of the Premier League with just 30 points and conceded 74 goals in the process.