Ryan Giggs might be a surprise managerial candidate for the Wigan job if Malkay Mackay departs the club, according to local reports.

Mackay is waiting to hear if he will be charged after being accused of sending homophobic, racist and sexist text messages to colleagues and friends while manager at Cardiff.

Despite the ongoing investigation, he was appointed manager of Wigan this month with chairman David Whelan insisting he had a clause in his contract saying he could be terminated if found guilty of any breaches by the FA.

And the Mirror claim that Wigan are planning for what will happen if Mackay departs, and are hoping that they can tempt Ryan Giggs into taking his first permanent senior managerial position.

The former Manchester United winger is currently working underneath Louis Van Gaal at his old club and was the caretaker at Old Trafford after David Moyes left.

Giggs would also reportedly bring Nicky Butt with him and make his current colleague number 2 at the club should a possible deal arise.

Wigan are facing a turbulent time at present, with Whelan himself being charged by the FA with making racist comments regarding Jewish and Chinese people.

QPR defender Rio Ferdinand, who was himself embroiled in a twitter row over race and eventually received a three match ban, told reporters the problem at Wigan is that different generations don't understand what is and isn't acceptable.

"I just think it is a generation problem," he said. "He (Mackay) is from a generation where there is a certain way of talking about things and saying things – and it just doesn't sit well in today's society and the way that society has developed and moved on.

"That comes down to maybe the environment he is in and the generation he is from. And the education, about moving on and moving on with the times.

"It's not acceptable and that's the biggest problem. He is from a generation when things were said and things were accepted in a different way and we have moved on from those times.

"He and others have to understand there is a new way of dealing with things and talking about things. It is a touchy and difficult subject to deal with."