Graham Taylor hails Malky Mackay's impact at Cardiff City
Ex-England boss Graham Taylor believes Malky Mackay will be manager of the year if he can mastermind a Cardiff City promotion and Carling Cup double.
Cardiff reached the Carling Cup final for the first time in their history following a penalty shoot-out victory over Crystal Palace.
And Taylor, Mackay's former chairman at Watford, has praised the Scotsman's impact since he joined Cardiff.
"There is an expectancy at Cardiff City now," said Taylor.
"They have to deliver and they have been delivering."
As well as reaching the Carling Cup final where they will face Liverpool, the Bluebirds are currently third in the Championship table, a point behind second placed Southampton.
"Their position in the league makes it possible for automatic promotion to the Premier League," Taylor added.
"Just imagine if they were to do that and they've reached the Carling Cup final and say they win the final then there's your manager of the year."
Mackay, 39, left his role at Watford after two years in charge to succeed Dave Jones at the Cardiff City Stadium last June.
But Taylor, who managed Watford on two separate occasions, does not begrudge the former Norwich City and Scotland defender.
"I didn't expect Malky to leave. There was a change of ownership at the club and I think that disturbed him," said the former Aston Villa manager.
"Having been a manager myself and moved from not all that many clubs, you do have to look after yourself.
"I felt that Malky's move to Cardiff was, and this isn't a criticism of him at all, looking after himself. I think he felt he had done very well, which he had done, at Watford.
"He didn't accept the change of ownership and he found himself another club and has done extremely well.
"If he continues to do as well as he has been doing then his career will prosper."