Wigan woes after Mackay appointment

Wigan Athletic appointed disgraced former Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay yesterday. And already, the controversial move looks to have backfired.

In the space of 24 hours, club owner Dave Whelan has received heavy criticism from fans and officials across the country, whilst shirt sponsors Premier Range ended ties with the club following the appointment. The Latics owner, who watched his side win the FA Cup 18 months ago under the guidance of Roberto Martinez, has also been labelled anti-Semitic after an interview with The Guardian newspaper where he is reported to have said; ‘Jewish people chase money more than anyone else’.

Wigan, who were relegated from the Premier League in May 2013, sit 22nd in the Championship and sacked manager Uwe Rosler last Thursday. Mackay was sacked by Cardiff 11 months ago in bizarre circumstances after a falling out with chairman Vincent Tan, who told the Scot to resign or have his contract terminated.

Yet in August, after meeting with Crystal Palace representatives in an attempt to become their new manager, a dossier was released revealing the Scot and Palace sporting director Iain Moody, who was at Cardiff during Mackay’s reign, had sent text messages to each other containing language of homophobic, racist and sexist nature.

Mackay is still under investigation from The FA, but in trying to defend his newly-appointed manager, Whelan has brought more unwanted media attention to the club following his comments.  Kitchenware company Premier Range said: “A team that would employ a man who expresses views such as these is not the kind of team Premier Range wish to deal with.”

This is likely to be the beginning of a long-running saga, and whilst much interest will be on Saturday’s game at home to Middlesbrough, Whelan may well be investigated by The FA, in similar fashion to his manager.

Picture Credit: Terry Robinson

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