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Derby Defeats Wigan, Mackay Sacked After Disappointing Run

Derby Defeats Wigan, Mackay Sacked After Disappointing Run
Image from Flickr by Malky Mackay

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Derby Defeats Wigan, Mackay Sacked After Disappointing Run

Malky Mackay

Image from Flickr by Jon Candy

On Monday, Malky Mackay was sacked as manager of the Wigan Athletic F.C., following a 0-2 home defeat against Derby County. The decision came after Mackay had served only for 138 days.

Since the former Cardiff City manager was taken aboard in November, Wigan has only managed to secure 19 points.

David Sharpe, Wigan’s chairman, read from a statement, “This is a very difficult decision to make but I feel that for the long term future of the club, there needs to be a change now. I wish Malky all the best for the future.”

Derby’s win over Wigan reflected the latter’s poor form, which has not won a game since August 30.

According to The Independent, Mackay was charged with sending sexist and racist text messages during his stint with Cardiff City, for which he is currently under scrutiny and is being investigated by the Football Association.

He confessed that he had sent messages “disrespectful of other cultures.”

Wigan stood at the 22nd position when Mackay was given the job; however, his unimpressive run as manager failed to make a mark.

In his career, he played for Queen’s Park, Celtic, Norwich, West Ham and Watford in a career of 16 years. He played for the Scottish team in five games.

He led Cardiff to the Football League Cup in 2011-2012 and was subsequently promoted to the Premier League.

After the game with Derby County, he said, “I thought we were terrific in the first half.

“I thought we showed courage and we kept going, and we had four chances in their six-yard box. To not take one of them is criminal as far as we’re concerned.”

Wigan, which hasn’t won a home game in 13 attempts, are eight points from safety and have five games remaining.

Their next games are against Fulham and third-bottom Millwall.

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