‘Kim Bo-Kyung can really cut the mustard’

Kim Bo-kyung celebrates his goal against Norwich

Kim Bo-kyung celebrates his goal against Norwich

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MALKY Mackay hailed the contribution of Kim Bo-Kyung after the South Korean star scored a vital winning goal at Norwich.

Kim, who joined Latics last month after being released by Championship rivals Cardiff, scored his second goal in four days to clip the wings of the in-form Canaries.

Kim had better financial offers to go elsewhere in this country and abroad, He’s been terrific for us, I couldn’t believe we managed to get him here

Malky Mackay

And Mackay, who signed Kim for Cardiff before bringing him to the DW, was gushing in his praise of his match-winner.

“He’s been terrific for us, I couldn’t believe we managed to get him here,” Mackay told the Evening Post.

“He had better financial offers to go elsewhere in this country and abroad,.

“But great credit to him for showing faith in me, knowing I knew him well and I knew his strengths and how to play him.

“It’s up to him to go out there and perform, and by gosh how he has gone out there and performed.

“He not only took his goal well but he was so calm in possession.”

It was the perfect way for David Sharpe to mark his first game as Latics chairman, although Mackay denied it was a ‘new start’ for the club.

“It’s not quite a ‘start’ for him, although it is in terms of his chairmanship,” the Latics chief added.

“David was at my interview, and I’ve had lunch with him every day since day one.

“He’s been part of the training ground staff and the recruitment team since I’ve been here, and it was always the plan for him to take over from Mr Whelan.

“He’s steeped in the club, and he’s also a very big part of what we’re doing in terms of the players that left the club in January and the way we are trying to go in terms of recruitment strategy.

“Mr Whelan will still be around, he’ll still be coming in for a chat and to watch the games.

“He’s just going to be taking a little bit of a step back, because he’s 78 years old and it’s time he took a little bit of time for himself.”