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Wigan on brink of League One after Wolves loss

Wigan are going down. Credit: PA

Benik Afobe grabbed the only goal of a scrappy Sky Bet Championship game at the DW Stadium to keep Wolves in the play-off hunt and all but confirm Wigan's relegation.

The Latics live to fight another day after their 1-0 defeat, on account of relegation rivals Rotherham and Millwall only drawing.

But it would require a remarkable series of scores in the final week of the campaign for them to escape the drop into League One.

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Mackay sure new Wigan chairman, 23, is right man for job

Wigan boss Malky Mackay has given his backing to new club chairman David Sharpe.

Sharpe, 23, has replaced his grandfather Dave Whelan at the helm of the the Lancashire club, with many expressing concern at his inexperience.

Malky Mackay worked closely with previous chairman Dave Whelan. Credit: PA

"It's easy to have a throwaway line about a 23-year-old taking over a football club but he's been round about the football club since he was a young man," said Mackay.

"He's here every day, is at every game and knows the inside of the football club. I look at the experience and the amount of time somebody has been at a football club.

"He's got good people round about him and I know the things that drive him, the things he's passionate about and they are good values for wanting a football club to go forward in terms of academy and recruitment."

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Dave Whelan steps down as Wigan chairman

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

Whelan has stepped down as Wigan chairman. Credit: PA

Whelan steps down after 20 years with the club nine points adrift from safety in the Championship and facing up to relegation into England's third tier.

In December 2014, he was banned for six weeks by the FA and fined £50,000 for racist comments he made about Jewish and Chinese people.

A club statement confirmed:

Mr Whelan’s grandson David Sharpe will be formally elected as new Chairman of Wigan Athletic by the Board of Directors at a date to be confirmed soon, and will be assisted in the running of the club by Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson.

– Wigan club statement

Wigan given survival hope, but Blackpool condemned

It was a bad day for Blackpool. Credit: PA

Kim Bo-kyung and Harry Maguire scored their first goals for Wigan in a vital 3-1 victory at fellow Championship strugglers Blackpool.

South Korea international Kim, who joined from Cardiff earlier in February, opened his Latics account just before the break and centre-back Maguire, on loan from Hull, added a second midway through the second half.

Winger James McClean then sealed the visitors' victory late on to leave Blackpool - who scored a late consolation through Gary Madine - routed to the bottom of the table, 15 points from safety.

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