Will Wigan Athletic Be The First of Many?Peter Houghton
It has just been announced that Wigan Athletic have been placed into administration. Despite an exceptional set of restart results which have seen the team unbeaten, the Covid-19 pandemic has taken its toll leaving them facing a deduction of 12 points come the end of the season.
Since the restart, Wigan have won all three of their matches without conceding a goal catapulting themselves to 50 points and sitting 14th in the table, well clear of the drop zone. However, a 12-points deduction will see them fall below Luton Town at the foot of the table and leave them in danger of falling into League 1.
Naturally, they are looking to secure a purchaser as quickly as possible in order to secure jobs and a football team that has grown in stature despite Wigan being a Rugby League stronghold. We seem to forget that in 2013, they beat a resurgent Manchester City, at Wembley in an FA Cup Final.
Administrators say the most important thing is to get the rest of their 2019-2020 season matches played. Let’s hope that Shaun and Jerry are not left in the lurch. They are huge supporters of the FSOA, regularly attending Conferences and maintaining membership.
The key issue is that will this simply start a ball rolling that nobody in the football industry wishes to see. Many clubs will be looking at their finances as things try to get back to normal and as they face playing matches either without spectators or with restricted capacities once the next part of lockdown is released.