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Wigan chairman accused of racism while defending texts

Wigan Athletic Chairman Dave Whelan with new manager Malky Mackay

Wigan FC Chairman Dave Whelan is being accused of being racist and anti- semetic while defending the appointment of Malky Mackay as new manager, according to an interview he's given to a national newspaper.

Mackay was unveiled as Latics new boss yesterday despite an ongoing FA investigation into racist, sexist and homophobic text messages he sent during his time as Cardiff manager.

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Ex-Wigan boss on Mackay: 'We all make mistakes'

Former Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has wished his old club and their new manager success.

Malky Mackay was unveiled as Wigan's new boss yesterday - despite being investigated by the FA for allegedly sending a series of sexist, racist, and homophobic texts.

Speaking today, Martinez told the press 'everyone makes mistakes'.

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Mackay insists he is 'absolutely not racist'

Whelan believes Mackay is the man to get Wigan promoted. Credit: PA

Malky Mackay insists he is "absolutely not racist" after being presented to the media as Wigan's new manager today.

Chairman Dave Whelan made the controversial appointment this afternoon despite a string of allegedly racist, sexist, homphobic and anti-semitic messages sent by Mackay during his time as Cardiff manager.

The Scot was close taking over at Crystal Palace in August before the messages were made public, and his job offer was withdrawn.

"I made mistakes, I'm absolutely not racist," he told reporters.

"I would ask people to judge me as they see me. I have made mistakes. I hope going forward the people of Wigan see me as I am."

Whelan will 'draw a line' under Mackay controversy

Wigan Chairman Dave Whelan says the time has come to move on from the controversy around newly-appointed manager Malky Mackay.

Wigan manager Malky Mackay Credit: PA Images

Mackay issued an apology earlier in the era in which he admitted to sending text messages which he deemed were "disrespectful of other cultures".

Whelan said:

“I know that this appointment will draw criticism in some quarters but we go into it with our eyes open and we have nothing to hide on this subject.

“Malky made a mistake, he knows that, we know that and we have discussed this issue at length face to face. He apologised publicly for what happened at the time.

“But I believe that it is now time to move on. Contrary to the way he has been portrayed in recent months, the Malky Mackay I met this week, is an honourable man.

“He is a committed family man with decent values and is a professional who has worked and thrived for over 20 years in the multi-cultural world of modern football. There is nothing more to say about this subject, and as far as I am concerned we draw a line under it from today.“

– Wigan Chairman Dave Whelan

Whelan: Mackay the man to lead Wigan back to Premiership

Wigan Chairman Dave Whelan says Malky Mackay is the "right man" to bring Premiership football back to the club.

In a club statement Whelan said:

“He is the man to lead us back into the Premier League, I am convinced of that having met him and discussed the demands of the job ahead of him.

“He has led a team out of the Championship before and he knows this league inside out having played and managed in it. His achievements at Cardiff City were magnificent and we need a strong leader who will command the respect of a very experienced and talented dressing room – and he is the man to do it. I am delighted we have secured the services of someone who has so much to give to the game.“

– Wigan Chairman Dave Whelan
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