- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

WIGAN, England (AP) - Wigan has fired manager Malky Mackay after less than five months in charge as the club faces relegation from the second tier.

Wigan hired Mackay despite him being investigated by the English Football Association since August over offensive comments.

The FA said last month that its probe had been extended after “significant new information” emerged relating to a dossier of alleged racist and anti-Semitic text exchanges by Mackay with a colleague while managing Cardiff.

When Mackay was appointed, then-chairman Dave Whelan’s used inflammatory language himself to defend the manager. Whelan was banned by the FA from all football related activity for six weeks, and grandson David Sharpe became chairman.

Sharpe says Mackay was fired after Monday’s 2-0 loss to Derby because “for the long term future of the club, there needs to be a change now.”

Wigan is seven points from safety in the League Championship.

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