Wigan Athletic criticised for hiring Malky Mackay as new manager
Mackay replaces Uwe Rosler at Wigan despite text message revelations
November 20th, 2014
Malky Mackay will take charge of Wigan Athletic after club owner Dave Whelan ignored calls for the Scot to be passed over in favour of someone who hasn’t been found culpable of sending racist and homophobic text messages.
Mackay landed himself in hot water when details of these texts were revealed by former club Cardiff City and it denied the manager the opportunity to take charge at Crystal Palace when Tony Pulis left.
However, the sacking of Uwe Rosler at Wigan left Whelan with a vacancy to fill and he’s gone ahead and hired Mackay despite the calls of some groups to go for someone else.
“Wigan Athletic have disregarded the ongoing investigation being undertaken by the FA, and any potential punishment Mackay may face, by taking the decision to appoint him,” a Kick It Out spokesman said. “We need to see leadership from club owners and a respect for the processes in place to demonstrate how seriously they are tackling issues of exclusion, prejudice and discrimination.”
Whelan actually contacted the FA before making the decision to appoint Mackay and feels satisfied that he is doing the right thing, despite calls from a local MP to strongly consider the manager’s history.
“I respect her opinion but when I looked at her letter I thought she was wrong,” Whelan said. “She is not a Wigan lass, so she doesn’t understand football. I don’t think she has ever been to a football match. I invited her to Wembley for the FA Cup final and she didn’t accept. I intend to invite her to come and watch a home game this season, have a meal with us, and if she accepts I will introduce her to Malky. My message to the fans, as well as the MP, is to trust me on this. I have investigated every single aspect of the matter and talked to a lot of people whose opinions I respect. Everyone said he has the reputation of being a first-class manager and I am convinced he is exactly the man we are looking for.”
“Lots of things have happened at this club since we came up from the Fourth Division, including winning the FA Cup, but through it all we have always been a happy club and I am sure that is what we will remain. I think Malky Mackay will be a brilliant manager for Wigan Athletic.”