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Alan Stubbs: I've not been approached by Wigan

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs, who is said to be among the front-runners for the manager's job at Wigan Athletic, says he hasn't been in touch with the club about the position.

Malky Mackay was sacked after just months in the role on Monday.

Alan Stubbs, who is from Merseyside, told ITV News he thought rumours could have been sparked by the fact that his son is playing for Wigan. He joked: "Maybe I need to get him playing for Real Madrid then, eh?!"

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Wigan manager Malky Mackay leaves the club

Malky Mackay Credit: Press Association

Wigan Athletic have announced they have parted company with manager Malky Mackay following the Sky Bet Championship home defeat to Derby County.

Mackay was only in charge since November but failed to lead the club out of the Championship relegation zone.

He was a controversial appointment as he's the subject of a Football Association investigation for sending racist, sexist and homophobic texts while manager of Cardiff.

Whelan: 'The time has come to hand over the reins'

Dave Whelan has resigned as chairman of Wigan Athletic and appointed his 23 year-old grandson, David Sharpe, as his successor.

In a statement Mr Whelan said:

“The time has now come to hand over the reins. I am approaching 80 years old and spend an increasingly long time abroad, and cannot make it to games. It is a decision I have been mulling over for some years and I believe David is now ready.

“Contrary to some suggestions, there are no plans to sell the club, which will remain in family hands and I have every confidence that David, along with Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson, will lead us forwards with wisdom.

“In making this announcement, I would like to say huge thank you to the Board of Directors, all the staff at the club, and of course the wonderful supporters of Wigan Athletic, who have helped make the journey over the past 20 years such an exciting and memorable one.”

– Dave Whelan

Dave Whelan steps down as Wigan Athletic chairman

Dave Whelan Credit: Press Association

Wigan Athletic have confirmed that Chairman Dave Whelan has resigned his position as Chairman of the football club, with immediate effect.

In a statement on the club's website they announced Mr Whelan’s grandson David Sharpe will take over the role.

Last year Dave Whelan was fined £50,000 by the Football Association and banned from all football activity for six weeks following remarks he made regarding Jewish and Chinese people.

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Wigan sign former Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant

Jermaine Pennant Credit: Dave Howarth/EMPICS Sport

Former Liverpool and Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant has signed a deal with injury-hit Sky Bet Championship side Wigan until the end of the season.

The 32-year-old last played in England on New Year's Day in 2014 and was a free agent having recently returned from a stint in the Indian Super League.

Pennant trained with Wigan last week and was in attendance at the DW Stadium on Friday night as their worrying form continued in a 3-0 loss to Charlton which leaves them deep in the relegation mire.

Wigan boss Malky Mackay has recently lost Emyr Huws and Chris Herd to season-ending injuries, while William Kvist and Leon Clarke were also forced off with problems against Charlton, meaning Pennant bolsters a squad lacking numbers.

Pennant has had a nomadic career across the divisions having also featured for the likes of Arsenal, Leeds, Birmingham and Wolves, while he also spent time in Spain with Real Zaragoza.

He played all 90 minutes in the 2007 Champions League final with Liverpool as they went down 2-1 to AC Milan in Athens.

"Jermaine needs no introduction in terms of what he has achieved in the game," Mackay told Wigan's official website.

"He's got terrific experience and is hungry for a way back into the English scene. There were a number of clubs interested, so we are delighted we can now call upon him to help us.

"He has been with us throughout the week and has trained excellently, he's brought a breath of fresh air to the place and we've been bowled over by his hunger and enthusiasm.

"Jermaine has integrated straight away into the group and I'm sure he's going to be a great addition for us."

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