The news broke last night as Dave Whelan told just about anyone who was listening, no it wasn't that he broke his leg in the 1960 FA Cup Final, but that Malky MacKay will be given a chance to interview for the Wigan Athletic job. Well he has been a front runner from day one and reports were that there had been some contact, now that all appears to be true.
Well we now all know the story about the former Scotland international. The manager who got Cardiff City into the top flight; isolated and sacked by Vincent Tan; for his reputation to be smashed to bits by a serious of texts showing racism, sexism and homophobia. None of which for my mind can be over looked one tiny bit, for a club like ours, the community projects and campaigns we par take in are a massive part of what this club is about; Malky kind of goes in the face of that.
On a purely footballing basis though then you have to say MacKay would be a very good signing. He took the reigns at a Watford side who had just seen the resignation of Brendan Rogers and he went onto manage a total of 104 games in a spell as caretaker and full time manager, winning 35 of them.
Interest grew and Cardiff City came knocking and this is where Malky made his name as a manger in the English game. In is first season in charge he lead them to Wembley stadium and a League Cup final, where unfortunately they lost to Liverpool on penalties after a 2-2 finish after extra time. The following season he lead Cardiff City to the Championship title and back to the Premier League where he looked likely to keep them, until relationships with the chairman broke down and Malky was shown the door.
By the end of his reign at Cardiff City Malky had managed 125 winning 54 of them. Make a career of 229 games overseen with 89 wins, that is a percentage win just shy of 39%.
Gary Caldwell has today come out and backed any appointment made by the chairman. Talking to TalkSport, Caldwell says that he would fit the bill as the manager the club needs to get back into the Premier League and if he signed up then he would support him.
But does promotion experience and success, out weigh his wrongs doings?