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Mackay is named as Wigan manager

Malky Mackay is back in football after Wigan confirmed the Scot as their new manager.

The 42-year-old, out of work since being axed by Cardiff last December, takes over a club in the Sky Bet Championship's bottom three.

In August, Mackay admitted to sending text messages which were deemed "disrespectful of other cultures", but Latics chairman Dave Whelan has offered him a route back into the game just three months later.

Local MP Lisa Nandy had last week written to the club to express concern over Mackay's potential appointment and Whelan confirmed he did discuss the text-message saga during the interview process.

"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," Whelan said in a statement.

"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 and has paid for what he did in terms of the bad publicity he has received since and will no doubt continue to suffer in the future.

"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, and who has been vouched for by the many different people from whom we have sought advice before making this appointment, is an honourable man."

Whelan added: "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."