Caldwell backs Mackay for Wigan job

Published: Wednesday 19th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Wigan captain Gary Caldwell has called Malky Mackay a “stand-up, honest man” after it emerged the Scot would be interviewing for the vacancy at the DW Stadium.

Latics chairman Dave Whelan has revealed he intends to speak with ex-Cardiff boss Mackay, who has been out of work since last December, about succeeding Uwe Rosler at the helm of a club currently dwelling in the Sky Bet Championship’s bottom three.

While Mackay built up an impressive CV at Cardiff by taking them to the League Cup final in 2012 and winning the Championship title in the next season, the 42-year-old’s reputation took a significant hit in August.

Mackay, who was heavily linked with the post at Crystal Palace at the time, issued an apology in which he admitted to sending text messages which he deemed were “disrespectful of other cultures”.

However, Whelan told the Daily Telegraph on Tuesday that he was willing to grant Mackay “a fair hearing” during an interview process he hopes to tie up before this weekend, and Caldwell threw his support behind a manager he played alongside in international colours.

“I know Malky from playing with him for Scotland and he’s a great guy, and a stand-up, honest man,” Caldwell told talkSPORT.

“I would have no problems working with him and no problems at all speaking to him.

“He’s done a great job since he’s been a manager. He’s had that experience of promotion with Cardiff and we want people at the club who know how to get success and get us back to where we want to be, and that’s the Premier League.”

The prospect of Mackay’s arrival does not sit easily with everyone in Wigan, though.

Local MP Lisa Nandy last week wrote an open letter to Whelan in which she expressed her reservations about Mackay’s billing as favourite for the position.

It read: “I have been contacted by a number of constituents and Wigan Athletic supporters who have asked me to voice their concern in response to press reports suggesting the potential appointment of Malky Mackay as manager of Wigan Athletic.

“A number of constituents have pointed out that a football manager has a crucial position in the community and is a role model, especially for young people.

“Having worked with Wigan Athletic and your excellent Community Trust over the last four years, I am certain you share my view that respect for the diversity and tolerance that characterises Wigan is one of the finest features of the club.

“Whoever is appointed will be an ambassador for this town and based on the work your club has done to tackle discrimination over the years, I am confident you would seek to ensure that they share these values.”

The Football Association announced in August that they were investigating the dossier of messages between Mackay and Iain Moody, Cardiff’s former head of recruitment, but so far no charges have been brought against either man.

Published: Wednesday 19th November 2014 by The News Editor

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