Oh Davey, Davey, Davey.
If you’ve ever read one of my articles before, you could be forgiven for thinking that I’m about to launch into a criticism of the new Real Sociedad boss David Moyes.
The Davey I refer to is none other than Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan. What Whelan has said and done this week can only really be summed up in polite fashion with the slightly patronising refrain of ‘Davey, Davey, Davey’.
For this week, Dave Whelan has been rather foolish.
When I talk of the Wigan owner being foolish, I am not referring to the fact that he has hired ex-Cardiff boss Malky Mackay – despite the manager being the subject of FA investigations, following the discovery of a series of text messages containing a number of highly questionable statements.
It is up to Whelan to hire who he wants, and if he feels that Mackay’s actions have been appropriately dealt with – and that Mackay has paid for what he has done – then fair play to the chairman.
Rather than the hiring in itself, my issue is with the way that Whelan has weighed in on the text message debate himself, and in so doing has aired some views that – at best – are antiquated. At worst, they’re highly offensive.
The first interview I heard Whelan give about the Mackay affair was typically balanced and sensible. He talked about the fact that the Scot was well aware of the error of his ways and had taken the necessary precautions to ensure that this sort of thing would not be repeated.
It was only when I read his lengthier interview in the Guardian that I became fully aware of the true ludicrousness of Whelan’s position.
Allow me to quote verbatim:
“Jewish people chase money more than everybody else.”
“The Jews don’t like losing money.”
“If any Englishman said he has never called a Chinaman a chink he is lying. There is nothing bad about doing that.”
I don’t think I need to say too much about these comments, but suffice to say, this is not a smart move by Whelan.
Rather than giving Mackay an opportunity to move on and manage Wigan, Whelan has cast a rather large spotlight over both himself and his manager.
What perplexes me is why a man like Whelan, with all of his experience, thought that this would be in any way a good idea? What end result was he hoping for? Answer on a postcard please.
Mackay’s reign at Wigan has got off to the worst possible start. Latics fans will be hoping that the only way from here is up. They’ll need their chairman to shut his mouth to have any hope of that.