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Thursday 8 December 2016

Mackay sacked by Wigan

Sky Bet Championship strugglers Wigan have parted company with Malky Mackay after the club slipped eight points adrift of safety.

The Latics were beaten 2-0 by Derby on Monday afternoon, leaving them facing the prospect of dropping down into League One barely two years after they were in the top flight and won the FA Cup.

And in a short statement on their official website, the club confirmed they had removed Mackay from his post just five months after his controversial hiring.

Mackay addressed the media after the loss to the Rams and was only made aware of his fate once he had conducted his post-match interviews.

In his quotes, he explained how he thought Friday's clash against Fulham, another side toiling at the wrong end of the division, would prove pivotal.

"We've got Fulham on Friday night and, looking at their points total, that becomes an even bigger game than it was already," the Scot said.

"It's still mathematically possible and we've just got to keep giving it everything we've got, which we absolutely will.

"I've got a team there that's putting in performances every week and it's fine lines between winning and losing in this league."

But Mackay will not be at Craven Cottage later this week after Latics opted to move on from the man who brought them so much criticism at the time of his hiring just 138 days ago.

"This is a very difficult decision to make but I feel that for the long-term future of the club, there needs to be a change now," Wigan chairman David Sharpe said.

"I wish Malky all the best for the future."

Mackay is still under investigation by the English FA for allegedly sending racist and sexist text messages when he was Cardiff manager.

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