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Mackay to be under microscope at Wigan

Controversial appointment Malky Mackay begins his Wigan reign with the club under increasing scrutiny when they host Middlesbrough.

The game comes two days after chairman Dave Whelan was forced to apologise for comments he made about Jewish and Chinese people. Anti-racism campaign group Kick It Out has questioned whether Whelan remains a "fit and proper person" to run a football club.

"I take those comments with a pinch of salt. If they think I am not a fit and proper person to run a football club, I would strongly object to that," he said.

"I played football for 15 years in all four divisions, I've had massive experience in football, I've brought Wigan from the Fourth Division to the Premier League and 18 months ago we won the FA Cup.

"I cannot accept people would think I'd insult them or football in any way, shape or form."

Mackay is still being investigated by the English Football Association after claims he sent texts of a homophobic, racist and sexist nature while Cardiff boss.


The Football Association has also said its investigation into Whelan's comments will be treated "as a priority". It has written to the 77-year-old giving him three days to respond.

The FA said in a statement: "We are very concerned to read about the comments that have been attributed to Dave Whelan. We take all forms of discrimination seriously.

"As with all such cases, this will be dealt with as a priority. The investigation is already under way and the FA's governance division have written to Mr Whelan. He has three working days to respond."

Mackay obviously wants to put the controversy behind him. "I made a mistake," he said ahead of today's game.

"I now know that public or private it doesn't matter.

"I shouldn't have done it, I made a mistake and I'm moving forward. I'm taking steps to learn from it.

"I've got full respect for the FA and what they decide to do going forward. Whatever they decide to do they're going to do and I respect that."

One of Wigan's shirt sponsors, kitchen appliance company Premier Range, also announced it was severing its ties with the Latics following Mackay's appointment.

The 42-year-old replaced Uwe Rosler, who was sacked earlier this month, with the Latics third from bottom of the Championship.

Cardiff owner, Malaysian businessman Vincent Tan, has criticised Whelan and Mackay, saying: "This is a racist chairman hiring a racist manager."