Wigan Athletic Are The First Football Club To Go Into Administration Since COVID-19

It has been announced by Begbies Traynor that Paul Stanley, Gerald Krasner and Dean Watson have been appointed as joint administrators of Wigan Athletic FC.

The Championship side have been on a good run since the league restarted beating Huddersfield Town, Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City to sit 14th, 8-points above the relegation places.

In the announcement on the Begbies Traynor website, Gerald Krasner 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.”

The former FA Cup winners were relegated from the Premier League in 2012/13 season to become the first side to win the historic cup and be relegated in the same season.

In a statement on the EFL website the league confirmed there will be a 12-point deduction:

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 in the event the Club is relegated by virtue of their final position following 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. 

“The EFL is awaiting formal notification from the Administrators and once the League has received this it will commence discussions with the relevant individuals with the aim of achieving a long-term future for the Club.

With this announcement Wigan fans will be hoping that the club can finish 13-points clear of the relegation zone and maintain their Championship status.