Moody resigns over misconduct allegations after Crystal Palace pull out of Mackay appointment

Iain Moody, left, and Malky Mackay are accused of sending offensive messages

Iain Moody, left, and Malky Mackay are accused of sending offensive messages

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  • Sporting director resigns following allegations of racist, homphobic and sexist text messages
  • Palace pull plug on appointment of Malky Mackay after revealations
  • Glenn Hoddle turns down managerial job

Iain Moody has resigned as sporting director of Crystal Palace as the Football Association revealed it was investigating allegations of misconduct during his time at Cardiff City.

The FA is looking at a dossier sent to it by Cardiff which alleges misconduct by Moody during his time as head of recruitment at the club.

The dossier also alleges wrongdoing by the Welsh side's former manager Malky Mackay, who had been close to becoming Palace's new boss following the exit of Tony Pulis last week.

The Daily Mail today reported that Cardiff's dossier contains allegations of racist, sexist and homophobic text messages.

A statement from Palace this morning read: "In light of the events of yesterday, sporting director Iain Moody has tendered his resignation and it has been accepted with immediate effect.

"There will be no further comment from the club on this matter."

It was not immediately clear from the Palace statement whether Moody had tendered his resignation in relation to the Cardiff dossier or whether it followed the Premier League's decision on Monday to fine Palace over a separate complaint from Cardiff.

The Welsh club complained that officials at Palace had been involved in obtaining team information before the Premier League meetings between the sides in Cardiff in April.

Moody denied any involvement in trying to obtain Cardiff team information when the Bluebirds' grievance initially came to light.

Mackay is now understood to be out of the running for the vacant manager's job at Palace after the club ended their pursuit of the former Watford boss.

Press Association Sport understands the dossier was filed by Cardiff to the FA more than a week ago and was not deliberately timed to affect Mackay's candidacy at Selhurst Park.

Former Norwich and Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is understood to have expressed an interest in succeeding Tony Pulis at Selhurst Park.

Palace must now turn to other targets, with former England manager Glenn Hoddle reported to have ruled himself out of a switch from QPR.

Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood also looks to have distanced himself from the role, after initially being deemed second choice to Mackay.

Caretaker manager Keith Millen is now expected to take charge of Saturday's home Premier League clash with West Ham.

Cardiff owner Vincent Tan sacked Mackay in December 2013, just a few months after the Scot had ended the Bluebirds' 51-year wait for top-flight football.

Two months earlier Moody had been placed on gardening leave before being subsequently dismissed.

Mackay launched a £7.5million legal claim against Tan for compensation and wrongful dismissal after his sacking but suddenly dropped the claim in May and issued an apology to the Malaysian businessman.

Moody followed Mackay to Cardiff from Watford following the Scot's appointment in the summer of 2011.

Moody had worked as a football writer and agent before joining the Watford press office. He later became head of football operations at the Hertfordshire club.

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1:52pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

As a fan of Brighton & Hove Albion, Palace were one of our biggest rivals, but I'm sorry for their fans. They must be wondering what can happen next. Thank goodness this all came out now. The club will have time to sort itself out, find a new manager & Sporting Director, & get on with providing he fans with what they want, WINS!
As a fan of Brighton & Hove Albion, Palace were one of our biggest rivals, but I'm sorry for their fans. They must be wondering what can happen next. Thank goodness this all came out now. The club will have time to sort itself out, find a new manager & Sporting Director, & get on with providing he fans with what they want, WINS! Hove Ex-Pat
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