Wigan Athletic FC in administration

Paul Stanley, Gerald Krasner and Dean Watson, partners from Begbies Traynor, have been appointed as joint administrators of Wigan Athletic Football Club, the first English professional club to be kicked into touch since the coronavirus pandemic began

Wigan, who won the FA Cup against Manchester City in 2013, are currently in 14th place in the EFL Championship league.

Gerald Krasner, Begbies Traynor partner and joint administrator, said: ‘Our immediate objectives are to ensure the club completes all its fixtures this season and to urgently find interested parties to save Wigan Athletic FC and the jobs of the people who work for the club.

‘Obviously the suspension of the Championship season due to Covid‐19 has had a significant impact

on the recent fortunes of the club.

‘Wigan Athletic has been a focal point and source of pride for the town since 1932 and anyone who is interested in buying this historic sporting institution should contact the joint administrators directly.’

Wigan has had two recent changes of owner since 2018, following 23 years of Whelan family ownership which saw the club rise from the fourth tier of English football to the Premier League in 2005.

In November 2018, the club was sold to Hong Kong-based International Entertainment Corporation in November 2018. In June this year, there was another change of ownership and Next Leader Fund took control.

In a statement the EFL said: ‘As a result of Wigan Athletic confirming they have entered into administration, the club will be subject to a 12-point deduction and, in accordance with EFL regulations, the timing of the sporting sanction can only be determined once final league placings in the Championship are determined.’

If the club is relegated at the conclusion of the Championship season, then the deduction will apply in League One in 2020/21. However, if the club is not in the relegation places following the final game of season, the sanction will be then be applied to their season 2019/20 total and final league standings amended as appropriate.

Wigan have won all three of their league games since the resumption of the Championship season on 20 June and are eight points clear of the regulation zone with six matches left to play.

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