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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."

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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Whelan 'must be punished for latest remarks'

Wigan owner Dave Whelan must be punished for his latest remarks about Chinese people, a Chinese community leader has told ITV News.

Michael Wilkes believes the FA has to take action against Dave Whelan. Credit: ITV News

"If we let one go then another people will think it's alright," Michael Wilkes, from the British Chinese Project, told ITV News' Ian Payne.

"He set a precedent and he needs to pay the consequences.

"He is the representative of that football club [Wigan Athletic] and the Football Association has to take a very strong stance on this."

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