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Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan defends new boss Malky Mackay

20 November 2014

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan does not see new manager Malky Mackay having any Football Association action to deal with.

Whelen believs the Scot has not "done a lot wrong" and that any offences he could be found to have committed are "tiny".

Mackay is back in football for the first time since being sacked by Cardiff 11 months ago, with allegations about his behaviour while he was with the club bringing him to the FA's attention.

There is still no outcome from an FA investigation into private messages that Mackay exchanged with colleague Iain Moody - messages he admits himself were "disrespectful of other cultures".

That did not stop Whelan selecting the 43-year-old to replace Uwe Rosler, and while reiterating his and his club's stance regarding racism, the Wigan chief is confident that Mackay is the right man for the job.

Speaking to BBC 5 Live, Whelan said: "We are Wigan Athletic, we have certain standards; I would never stand for anything at all, one man criticising another race of people, the colour, whatever, I would never stand that because I believe we're all equal, when we play football, we're all equal.

"But I was impressed with his honesty, he came across and told me every single thing. I checked everything he said and I found it to be right, I don't think the FA will press any charges; if they do I think we will stand by him. What he's done is tiny really in real terms, we all get a name of some description and we don't take a blind bit of notice and that's what this category falls into I feel."

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