Dave Whelan should step back at Wigan says Mark Lawrenson
Whelan was defending the appointment of new manager Malky Mackay, who is being investigated by the Football Association following allegations he sent offensive text messages while working as Cardiff manager.
Whelan, who believes he was misquoted by the Guardian and has apologised, has been accused by Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan of being "a racist".
Both Whelan and Mackay have refused to respond to Tan's comments but have both previously denied being racist.
Lawrenson said Whelan should let his Chief Executive take a front seat in dealing with the press and dismissed Whelan's claim that his comments were a 'generation thing'.
Wigan drew their first game under Mackay when meeting Middlesborough at the DW Stadium on Saturday.