Malky Mackay has warned the civil war at Cardiff could cost the club their Premier League status.
Mackay remains in charge of the Bluebirds despite receiving an ultimatum from controversial owner Vincent Tan to resign or face the sack.
The Scot admitted he expected to be relieved of his duties over the course of the weekend, but instead was given a reprieve of sorts by chairman Mehmet Dalman, who said Mackay would be in charge for the “foreseeable future”.
But when asked if the current situation could have an effect on whether Cardiff - who are 15th in the Premier League table, four points clear of the relegation zone - stay up or not, Mackay said: “Absolutely. You cannot have your dirty linen washed in public every week of the year without it affecting the club.
“I am not saying it immediately effects the players as that’s my job to protect them. They are a great group of people that focus entirely on themselves, their profession and their want to stay in this league. But, as I’ve said before, I feel sorry for our fans.”