Wigan Athletic set to interview Malky Mackay for vacant manager’s position
Malky Mackay favourite to replace Uwe Rosler at the DW Stadium
November 19th, 2014
Wigan’s search for a new manager has begun and Dave Whelan has confirmed that Malky Mackay is among the candidates being interviewed for the vacant role.
Mackay has had successful tenures at Watford and Cardiff City, although the latter stint saw the Scot attract the wrong kind of headlines when it emerged that he had exchanged derogatory text messages during his time with the Welsh club.
Indeed, this story ultimately prevented Mackay from getting the vacant Crystal Palace position when Tony Pulis left Selhurst Park although Wigan owner Dave Whelan is determined to speak with the Scot and give him a fair hearing.
“I can confirm Malky Mackay has applied and we will speak to him,” Whelan told the Daily Telegraph. “I believe he deserves a fair hearing.
“We’ve had over 20 applications and started interviews on Tuesday. Hopefully we can make an appointment before the game this weekend against Middlesbrough.
“It’s an important job and I don’t like to mess around when I think I’ve got the right person.”
Wigan MP Lisa Nandy feels as though Mackay should be passed over for a more suitable candidate, with the Scot’s past suggesting he isn’t the right sort of community figurehead.
“The Labour MP said: “I have been contacted by a number of constituents and Wigan Athletic supporters who have asked me to voice their concern in response to press reports suggesting the potential appointment of Malky Mackay as manager of Wigan Athletic.
“A number of constituents have pointed out that a football manager has a crucial position in the community and is a role model, especially for young people. Having worked with Wigan Athletic and your excellent Community Trust over the last four years, I am certain you share my view that respect for the diversity and tolerance that characterises Wigan is one of the finest features of the club.
“Whoever is appointed will be an ambassador for this town and based on the work your club has done to tackle discrimination over the years, I am confident you would seek to ensure that they share these values.”