Wigan Athletic's David Sharpe: 'Malky Mackay sacked because we needed change'

Wigan Athletic chairman David Sharpe suggests that Malky Mackay 'needed to go' after the club fell to eight points from Championship safety.

Wigan Athletic chairman David Sharpe has suggested that the club had no choice but to sack Malky Mackay after the team dropped to eight points from safety in the Championship.

Mackay, who remains under investigation by the Football Association for an alleged text scandal during his time at Cardiff City, spent less than five months at the DW Stadium.

Just one day after the Scotsman's sacking, former defender Gary Caldwell was appointed as the Latics' new leader.

"You have to have a succession plan," Sharpe said in this morning's press conference. "Malky was getting results and we thought we'd turned it around when we won four games away in a row. We had another dip recently and we're now eight points behind with five games to go, we had to change it.

"I think it will be a seamless transition with Gary. For the club to get it's identity back I felt this had to happen. We like a certain style of football here and that's what we're looking to bring back."

Caldwell has insisted that he will implement his "own style" in his first managerial role.

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Gary Caldwell of Wigan Athletic looks on during the Barclay's Premier League match between Chelsea and Wigan Athletic at Stamford Bridge on February 9, 2013
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