New boss Malky Mackay ‘proud’ to become manager as he says his team will be full of passion and commitment.
- Watch the first Malky Mackay interview on YouTube.
- See the extended press conference footage on Latics Player.
- "I'm a manager full of enthusiasm for this club." - Mackay.
Malky Mackay gave his first interview as Wigan Athletic manager, outlining his plans for the team and thanking the Chairman for giving him the opportunity at the club.
Speaking to Latics Player, Mackay said:
“I’m very proud, very proud that the Chairman has given me the willing to come in here as manager and I’m going to make sure that I repay that.
“It’s a club that I know very well having played and managed in England for 11 years and coming up here to watch the games over those years.
“The recent history of Wigan Athletic is quite something. I was actually at the FA Cup final, I took my son to his first ever FA Cup final, so it was quite an occasion to go to.
“It’s moments like those that make me very proud to become manager of this club.”
“It has been a difficult period in my career and I have made mistakes, but I hope that in my time at Wigan the people of Wigan will see who I am, and see that I’m someone who desperately wants the club to do well.
“I’ve got great respect for Dave Whelan. It was from a far to start with, but when I met him I spoke to him and told him about the interview I saw with him on television the day Uwe Rosler was let go.
“I thought he spoke magnificently well that day and it was inspiring to see somebody speaking so passionately about the club.
“For him to give me this opportunity I’ll make sure I do everything in my power in terms of my work ethic and my drive and determination to make sure that the Chairman and his club are back where they should be.”
Mackay arrives at Latics with the club currently 22nd in the Sky Bet Championship, an issue he is looking to address straight away:
“We’re in a situation at the moment whereby we’re in the bottom three, so that’s the first agenda.
“After that it’s about steps forward, it’s about making sure that we progress and that we get back to the Premier League as quickly as the club can.
“I know the division well, I’ve played in it and managed in it for a number of years. I know that we will have to play in a way which makes our fans proud of their team.”
In terms of the style he is looking to bring to the club, Mackay explained:
“It will be a team full of high energy. It will be a team that sweats for that jersey, full of passion and commitment.
“I’ve been up here at the DW Stadium before when it’s been rocking and that’s what I’ll be looking for again going forward.
“Fans and players rub off on each other in terms of their enthusiasm for the football club and they’re certainly going to get a manager that has got great enthusiasm for everything connected to Wigan Athletic.
“I can assure the fans they will certainly see that in me and I’m sure I’ll also see that in them.”