‘No regrets’ for boss Malky ahead of Boro rematch

Malky Mackay
Malky Mackay

MALKY Mackay insists he has ‘no regrets at all’ about taking the Wigan Athletic job as he prepares for a second bite at high-flying Middlesbrough.

The Teesside outfir provided the opposition for Mackay’s first game in charge back in November, which ended 1-1.

A lot of things have tested us, and a lot of situations that you don’t think are going to arise

Malky Mackay

Much, of course, has happened since then, not least the departure of a full side to be replaced by virtually a brand new team.

Indeed, the Latics starting line-up at Boro could feature only two men – Emmerson Boyce and Marc-Antoine Fortune – who started the corresponding fixture at the DW.

But Mackay is adamant he has no regrets about becoming Latics chief.

“No, none at all – absolutely none at all,” he said.

“I’m working for good people, and that makes a huge difference.

“There’s an honesty about the football club, we know there’s change needed for us to be better as a whole, and I’m trying to help that process going forward.

“But as far as regrets go, none at all. I love my job here and I’m proud to work for Wigan Athletic.

“I enjoy a challenge, and it’s something I’ve faced a few times before both as a player and a manager.

“I don’t walk away from things like that. I have a clear focus on what needs to happen, and that’s one thing I hold true to.”

As well as the huge player turnover, Mackay’s four-and-a-half month tenure has also seen several players ruled out for the season as well as Juan Carlos Garcia contracting leukaemia.

“It’s not been dull,” Mackay acknowledged. “There’s been an incredible amount of things that have happened since then.

“A lot of things have tested us, and a lot of situations that you don’t think are going to arise.

“It’s been quite a challenge, but what we do have at this football club is a lot of good people that are trying to do the right thing, which makes things more enjoyable. But you look at the 15 players leaving, 10 players coming in, the variety of illnesses and long-term injuries we had in January, was quite incredible.

“It has been testing, but it’s been has brought a resilience about us and we’ll keep going and be as strong as we can.”

Don Cowie has become the latest addition to a casualty list, with his knee injury set to sideline him for five of Wigan’s last seven matches.

However, Wigan’s international brigade has returned to Christopher Park unscathed.