WIGAN Athletic have denied that the club has held talks with former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay.
A number of media reports this week suggested that the club was closing in on the Scot but chief executive Jonathan Jackson says that the club has not made any approaches nor has it even drawn up a short list.
He said: “This week has been a very difficult one for the club, not only in terms of the run of recent form, but also in terms of the departure of Uwe Rosler.
“The chairman Dave Whelan made it quite clear following yesterday’s announcement that he did not have anyone in mind regarding finding a new manager and that it was simply a case of not being to wait any longer to make the decision regarding Uwe’s future.
“Since that time we have not discussed any individual or drawn up a shortlist, never mind actually contacting any potential candidates or their agents.
“As such, I can categorically deny that any one candidate is ahead of any other as regards being appointed as the next manager of Wigan Athletic.”
Jackson added that the club was not putting a timescale on any potential appointment: “It is important that we appoint the right candidate for the long term and who fits in with the ethos of our football club. We will take as long as is necessary to ensure this happens.”
Earlier today, Wigan MP Lisa Nandy wrote to chairman Dave Whelan asking him to think carefully about employing Mckay.
In August, a number of racist, sexist and homophobic texts allegedly sent by the 42-year-old were exposed.
In her letter, Ms Nandy said that she has been contacted by a number of constituents and supporters who had asked their MP to voice their concerns.
She said: “A number of constituents have pointed out that a football manager has a crucial position in the community and is a role model, especially for young people.
“Whoever is appointed will be an ambassador for this town and based on the work your club has done to tackle discrimination over the years, I am confident you would seek to ensure that they share these values.
“I am sure that Wigan Athletic would not appoint anyone without ensuring first that they have respect for other people, regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity or religion.
“I would be grateful if you would take the strong feelings of people across Wigan into account when you make this important appointment.”
In a statement late yesterday afternoon, Jackson stopped short of mentioning Mackay by name - but did say it was “important that we appoint the right candidate for the long term and who fits in with the ethos of our football club.”