Wigan Athletic have appointed former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay as their new manager after sacking Uwe Rosler last week.
Mackay takes over a Wigan side currently in the Championship relegation zone, but has ambitions of returning to the Premier League after they were relegated in 2013.
He said: “He is the man to lead us back into the Premier League, I am convinced of that having met him and discussed the demands of the job ahead of him.
“He has led a team out of the Championship before and he knows this league inside out having played and managed in it. His achievements at Cardiff City were magnificent and we need a strong leader who will command the respect of a very experienced and talented dressing room – and he is the man to do it. I am delighted we have secured the services of someone who has so much to give to the game.“
The appointment will be seen as controversial in some quarters given the offensive text messages that emerged between himself and former director of football at Cardiff City Iain Moody when the two were at the club, something which Whelan commented on in his statement.
Mackay was in line to succeed Tony Pulis as Crystal Palace manager until the documents emerged. Local MP Lisa Nandy wrote to the club voicing their concern that Mackay was linked with the job.
Whelan added: “Malky made a mistake, he knows that, we know that and we have discussed this issue at length face to face. He apologised publicly for what happened at the time and has paid for what he did in terms of the bad publicity he has received since and will no doubt continue to suffer in the future.
“But I believe that it is now time to move on. Contrary to the way he has been portrayed in recent months, the Malky Mackay I met this week, and who has been vouched for by the many different people from whom we have sought advice before making this appointment, is an honourable man.
“He is a committed family man with decent values and is a professional who has worked and thrived for over 20 years in the multi-cultural world of modern football. There is nothing more to say about this subject, and as far as I am concerned we draw a line under it from today.“
Aside from the recent controversies involving the Scot, Wigan are getting a manager with a proven record at Championship level, having led Cardiff City to the top flight in 2013, but was sacked midway through his first season - something which was at the time regarded as harsh as the side was holding its own in the top flight.
He also led Cardiff to the 2012 League Cup final but his side missed out on the big prize when they were beaten in the final by Liverpool on penalties, after a 2-2 draw after extra time.