Former Cardiff City coach Malky Mackay has been named Wigan's manager, the club announced on Wednesday.
Mackay was fired by Cardiff City in December 2013 after the club started the season 4-9-5. He was a leading candidate to become Crystal Palace's manager before this season, but was not hired due to alleged racist, homophobic and sexist remarks during his time with Cardiff City. The Football Association's investigation into Mackay is ongoing.
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan acknowledged hiring Mackay might upset some people, but he believes Mackay is the best candidate.
“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.
“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."
Wigan fired manager Uwe Rosler last week after a disappointing start to the season.
Wigan is in its second season in the Football League Championship after being relegated from the Premier League in 2013. They are 3-7-7 on the season and tied for 22nd place.
- Paul Palladino