Malky Mackay has gone from the Wigan Athletic bench nearly as quickly as he arrived surrounded by a series of serious allegations of racist, homophobic and sexist text messages sent by the 43-year-old Scottish manager.
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Mackay was fired by Wigan after Monday’s 2-0 loss to Derby, less than five months after being hired to replace the outgoing Uwe Rosler, with new club chairman David Sharpe saying, “for the long term future of the club, there needs to be a change now.”
Sharpe did not confirm whether or not the decision to remove Mackay was down to the team’s performance under his management, or due to what the English Football Association last month called, “significant new information” relating to a dossier of alleged racist and anti-Semitic text exchanges by Mackay with a colleague while managing Cardiff.
Under Mackay’s watch, Wigan endured a 5-16-4 (W-L-D) in all competitions, so it’s quite feasible that Mackay’s dismissal had more to do with on-field shortcomings than the fact that Dave Whelan, the man that hired Mackay and defended doing so with a series of racially-motivated comments of his own, stepped down as club chairman last month.
Wigan currently find themselves in 23rd place in the Championship, eight points clear of safety.