Wigan Athletic Football Club Official Supporters Club https://www.wiganathleticsupportersclub.co.uk Wigan Athletic Football Club Official Supporters Club for fans of Latics, Travel away games coaches and more Thu, 15 Oct 2020 21:30:29 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 Good Luck Callum McManaman https://www.wiganathleticsupportersclub.co.uk/good-luck-callum-mcmanaman/ Wed, 14 Oct 2020 00:08:50 +0000 https://www.wiganathleticsupportersclub.co.uk/?p=14470

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Good Luck Callum McManaman

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Good Luck Callum McManaman

Cal moves to Aus
Former Wigan Athletic winger Callum McManaman has moved down under and joined Australian side Melbourne Victory.

The 29-year-old played 133 times for Latics across two spells, scoring 18 goals in the process.

read more

FSA Response to “Project Big Picture”

FSA don’t pull any punches
Earlier today it was reported that clubs at the top of the Premier League had been planning in secret to pursue a wide-ranging restructure of the English footballing pyramid named “Project Big Picture”.

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Cal moves to Aus

Former Wigan Athletic winger Callum McManaman has moved down under and joined Australian side Melbourne Victory.

The 29-year-old played 133 times for Latics across two spells, scoring 18 goals in the process.

He joined us at the DW Stadium from Everton and made his debut in 2009.

He was of course part of the Wigan Athletic squad which won the FA Cup in 2013 under Roberto Martinez and scored 17 goals in 109 games across his first spell at the club.

In 2015, he moved to West Bromwich Albion and then had a loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday, before moving to Sunderland in 2017.

He returned to the Latics in 2018 and stayed for another season at the club, before spending the 2019/20 campaign at Luton Town. He of course was part of the come back at Kenithworth Road which saw us lose in teh final minutes.

But we will always have fond memories of him and even for a while thought he could have been playing here this season after training with the squad over summer.

We wish him all the best and hope to see him back in the future

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FSA Response to “Project Big Picture” https://www.wiganathleticsupportersclub.co.uk/fsa-response-to-project-big-picture/ Mon, 12 Oct 2020 23:50:17 +0000 https://www.wiganathleticsupportersclub.co.uk/?p=14460

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FSA Response to “Project Big Picture”

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Good Luck Callum McManaman

Cal moves to Aus
Former Wigan Athletic winger Callum McManaman has moved down under and joined Australian side Melbourne Victory.

The 29-year-old played 133 times for Latics across two spells, scoring 18 goals in the process.

read more

FSA Response to “Project Big Picture”

FSA don’t pull any punches
Earlier today it was reported that clubs at the top of the Premier League had been planning in secret to pursue a wide-ranging restructure of the English footballing pyramid named “Project Big Picture”.

read more

FSA don’t pull any punches

Earlier today it was reported that clubs at the top of the Premier League had been planning in secret to pursue a wide-ranging restructure of the English footballing pyramid named “Project Big Picture”. Below is an initial statement of response from the Football Supporters’ Association.

We will be providing further updates on the issue in the coming weeks once we have had the chance to digest the details of these proposals further:

“The Football Supporters’ Association notes with grave concern today’s press reports of proposals for a major restructure of the Premier League, with far-reaching consequences for the whole of domestic football.

“Once again it appears that big decisions in football are apparently being stitched up behind our backs by billionaire club owners who continue to treat football as their personal fiefdom. Football is far more than a business to be carved up; it is part of our communities and our heritage, and football fans are its lifeblood. As football’s most important stakeholders, it is crucial that fans are consulted and involved in the game’s decision-making.

“We have welcomed the government’s commitment to a ‘fan-led review of the governance of football’; we would argue that today’s revelations have made that process even more relevant and urgent.

“We will of course study the detail of the new proposals, we remain open-minded to any suggestions for the improvement of the governance and organisation of the game, whatever their source, and we will continue to engage constructively in all discussions around reform. We would however emphasise that in our discussions so far, very few of our members have ever expressed the view that what football really needs is a greater concentration of power in the hands of the big six billionaire-owned clubs.”

FSA

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Project Big Picture – what does it mean https://www.wiganathleticsupportersclub.co.uk/project-big-picture-what-does-it-mean/ Mon, 12 Oct 2020 13:37:10 +0000 https://www.wiganathleticsupportersclub.co.uk/?p=14452

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Project Big Picture – what does it mean

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Good Luck Callum McManaman

Cal moves to Aus
Former Wigan Athletic winger Callum McManaman has moved down under and joined Australian side Melbourne Victory.

The 29-year-old played 133 times for Latics across two spells, scoring 18 goals in the process.

read more

FSA Response to “Project Big Picture”

FSA don’t pull any punches
Earlier today it was reported that clubs at the top of the Premier League had been planning in secret to pursue a wide-ranging restructure of the English footballing pyramid named “Project Big Picture”.

read more

Big Picture or bigger problems?

Two of the big hitters in the Premier League are pulling together to get behind ‘Project Big Picture’. Despite their bitter rivalry on the pitch, the idea is making huge waves in English football with several supporting it but a host of other leading voices expressing major concerns.

 

Project Big Picture: What are the main proposals

  • Premier League to be cut from 20 to 18 clubs – Championship, League One and League Two to each have 24 teams
  • The bottom two teams in the Premier League relegated automatically, 16th-placed team joining the Championship play-offs
  • The EFL Cup and Community Shield to be scrapped indefinitely
  • Parachute payments to end with a £250m rescue fund made immediately available to the EFL – FA to be paid £100m to make up for lost revenue
  • Nine clubs, including traditional ‘big six’, to have ‘special voting rights’ on certain issues, including broadcasting rights
  • Fan charter that would include £20 away ticket price cap, subsidised away travel, focus on return to safe standing and minimum eight per cent capacity for away allocation
  • Six per cent of Premier League gross revenues to go towards stadium improvements across top four divisions, calculated at £100 per seat
  • New rules for distribution of Premier League income
  • Changes to the loan system and a later league start date in August

 

In support of the proposal 

EFL chairman Rick Parry on talkSPORT: “It’s a broken system, it was broken before COVID.

“From our perspective, what big picture does is address every single one of those equalities.

“The Premier League could have come up with a plan at any time. The fact two of our leading clubs have come up with a plan, I really don’t think it’s to be criticised and should be applauded.

“A lot of the reaction has been hysterical. People have seen it as a power grab but I don’t see it that way.

“I look at the benefits for us and if it’s taken two of our leading clubs to come up with the plan, let’s congratulate them and hopefully make something radical happen, because we need radical solutions.”

“We should look at what benefits the pyramid as a whole.”

 

Against the proposal

The Premier League have said: “English football is the world’s most watched, and has a vibrant, dynamic and competitive league structure that drives interest around the globe.

“To maintain this position, it is important that we all work together. Both the Premier League and the FA support a wide-ranging discussion on the future of the game, including its competition structures, calendar and overall financing particularly in light of the effects of Covid-19.

“Football has many stakeholders, therefore this work should be carried out through the proper channels enabling all clubs and stakeholders the opportunity to contribute.”

The government have also weighed in with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport condemning what it called a ‘backroom deal’.

 

“We are surprised and disappointed that at a time of crisis when we have urged the top tiers of professional football to come together and finalise a deal to help lower league clubs, there appear to be backroom deals being cooked up that would create a closed shop at the very top of the game,” a DCMS spokesperson said.

“Sustainability, integrity and fair competition are absolutely paramount and anything that may undermine them is deeply troubling. Fans must be front of all our minds, and this shows why our fan led review of football governance will be so critical.”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden added: “Now is not the right time.

“The challenge facing football is ensuring particularly the EFL has the resources to enable its clubs to survive. This deal does not command support throughout the Premier League at all.”

Former Premier League striker Jonathan Walters took to social media to explain and criticise what he believes the implications the proposal will be, saying: “The Premier League big guns have shown their hand this weekend.

“Two clubs run the PL behind the scenes and this proposal will give others a seat at that table.

“There is a long list of demands that the PL teams have always wanted and to help the EFL they will be asking for them all! …

“These will include: B teams in the EFL, Less PL fixtures which will lead to more Champions League fixtures, International PL matches will be on the table, They will throw in things to get fans on board e.g capped ticket prices…but this should already happen…

“This will permanently change football in this country and it will only benefit the top of the pyramid. It will make it impossible for anyone to get anywhere near them, killing off any future competition and the hopes of all fans at any other club apart from the elite…

“The timing of this couldn’t be more perfect as it deflects the headlines away from the horrendous £15 pay per view announced last week.”

There has been report this would lead to a breakaway League, the BBC published:

A breakaway league was suggested “as a threat” by the organisers of Project Big Picture, says Football Association chairman Greg Clarke.

Project Big Picture wants to reduce the Premier League from 20 to 18 clubs and scrap the Carabao Cup.

The EFL would also get 25% of all future TV deals, plus £250m.

Fan groups of the ‘big six’ teams – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – have criticised the plans.

Some EFL clubs said support for the plans was “almost unanimous” among their member clubs – although that was later disputed.

FA chairman Clarke said he was involved in initial discussions with the backers of Project Big Picture but then withdrew.

“Change must benefit clubs, fans and players; not just selective balance sheets,” said Clarke.

“With the knowledge of senior board members and our CEO, I participated in the early stages of discussions.

“However, when the principal aim of these discussions became the concentration of power and wealth in the hands of a few clubs with a breakaway league mooted as a threat, I discontinued my involvement and counselled a more consensus-based approach involving all Premier League clubs.

“Our game needs to continually seek to improve, but benefits need to be shared.”

EFL chairman Rick Parry said it was “in the best interests” of football in this country and praised both clubs for coming up with the plan.

“This is two of our great clubs showing leadership and exercising responsibility,” said Parry. “The message from Liverpool and Manchester United is that they do genuinely care about the pyramid.”

However, the Premier League thought the plan “could have a damaging impact on the whole game” and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said it was “surprised and disappointed” by “backroom deals being cooked up”.

A West Ham insider told BBC Sport they were “very much against” it and a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the plans would “undermine the trust in football’s governance”.

Clarke said discussions should continue, adding: “We, the FA board and council, have to ensure any changes would be to the long-term benefit of the whole of football.

“We have substantial controls to help ensure that the best interests of the game are served by any new proposals.

“In these difficult times unity, transparency and common purpose must override the interests of the few.

“Let’s continue to work together to determine what is best for English football, with full dialogue between all key stakeholders.”

Credits: TalkSport, BBC

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Will Keane returns https://www.wiganathleticsupportersclub.co.uk/will-keane-returns/ Fri, 09 Oct 2020 14:23:13 +0000 https://www.wiganathleticsupportersclub.co.uk/?p=14485

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Will Keane returns

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Good Luck Callum McManaman

Cal moves to Aus
Former Wigan Athletic winger Callum McManaman has moved down under and joined Australian side Melbourne Victory.

The 29-year-old played 133 times for Latics across two spells, scoring 18 goals in the process.

read more

FSA Response to “Project Big Picture”

FSA don’t pull any punches
Earlier today it was reported that clubs at the top of the Premier League had been planning in secret to pursue a wide-ranging restructure of the English footballing pyramid named “Project Big Picture”.

read more

Will Keane return to Latics

Will Keane was released by Ipswich this summer after scoring nine goals in 28 starts and 13 substitute appearances during an 18-month stay.

After training with Latics during pre-season, featuring in a friendly wins against Bolton and Bradford, he has now penned a short-term deal at the DW Stadium until January.

“I’m really pleased to be here. I’m excited about the games coming up, to be amongst the squad and give my best,” he said.

“I came training at the back end of August and got a couple of pre-season games. Leam (Richardson) was great with me at the time.

“It’s taken a bit longer than I would have liked, but I’m really happy to be back here now.

“In pre-season it was only possible for the club to offer me a shorter-term contract, which didn’t work for me at the time, but the administrators have now given the green light for me to sign a slightly longer-term contract.

“It’s only until January, but it’s a good chance for me to play a lot of games over the coming months and build from there.”

Keane, who has been handed the No.10 shirt, continued: “We’re coming up to mid-October now, so I was really eager to get back training here and be with the squad.

“Last year I was part of Ipswich’s squad in League One which was cancelled in March, so it’s been a while since I’ve played competitive football.

“Physically I’m feeling really good. I played in the two games here against Bolton and Bradford, it was a bit frustrating that I couldn’t then build on that here, but I trained at another club and kept on top of my fitness to make sure I’m ready to go.”

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Gerald Krasner Part VI https://www.wiganathleticsupportersclub.co.uk/gerald-krasner-part-vi/ Thu, 08 Oct 2020 05:15:42 +0000 https://www.wiganathleticsupportersclub.co.uk/?p=14478

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Gerald Krasner Part VI

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Good Luck Callum McManaman

Cal moves to Aus
Former Wigan Athletic winger Callum McManaman has moved down under and joined Australian side Melbourne Victory.

The 29-year-old played 133 times for Latics across two spells, scoring 18 goals in the process.

read more

FSA Response to “Project Big Picture”

FSA don’t pull any punches
Earlier today it was reported that clubs at the top of the Premier League had been planning in secret to pursue a wide-ranging restructure of the English footballing pyramid named “Project Big Picture”.

read more

Out of time

Unfortunately due to time commitments, we were not able to do an interview this Tuesday.

Due to another interview overrunning it was far to late to fulfil our weekly Q&A with Gerald.

Maybe next week!

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Duo extend Wigan Athletic contracts as defender departs https://www.wiganathleticsupportersclub.co.uk/duo-extend-wigan-athletic-contracts-as-defender-departs/ Wed, 07 Oct 2020 00:08:51 +0000 https://www.wiganathleticsupportersclub.co.uk/?p=14442

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Wigan Athletic Supporters Club are based in the South Stand Suite. On match day, our doors usually open around 2 hours 30 minutes before the game starts. The latest news item is below, but please keep looking back on the website for all of our latest news.

Duo extend Wigan Athletic contracts as defender departs

Supporters Club News

Good Luck Callum McManaman

Cal moves to Aus
Former Wigan Athletic winger Callum McManaman has moved down under and joined Australian side Melbourne Victory.

The 29-year-old played 133 times for Latics across two spells, scoring 18 goals in the process.

read more

FSA Response to “Project Big Picture”

FSA don’t pull any punches
Earlier today it was reported that clubs at the top of the Premier League had been planning in secret to pursue a wide-ranging restructure of the English footballing pyramid named “Project Big Picture”.

read more

Comings and goings latest

Wigan Athletic defender Josh Clarke left as the club extended the contracts for winger Viv Solomon-Otabor and midfielder Dan Gardner until January 2021. The duo’s contracts were due to expire in the first week of October. In summer, that was full of movements in English clubs fans were following closely. Punters can now use their Unibet promo code to sign up and take advantage of the fact that  football action is back in full swing. There is still room for movement within British clubs as the window is still open.

At 24, Solomon-Otabor has put in great performances that have earned him a regular starting role in the first team. He has been superb in the four league opening games bagging two assists. Gardner, on the other side, has managed four appearances so far this season in all competitions. Defender Clarke left the club in September after ending his contract on mutual consent. Clarke got injured in training hence missing the chance to play for the first team.

After sorting out those two short-term contracts, Wigan were still looking to strengthen their team. Former Manchester United striker Will Keane completed his move to Wigan from Sheffield Wednesday as announced on the club’s official website. Before moving away from Manchester United, where he was a hot prospect, he spent several seasons out on loan.

Keane, a free agent, has also signed a short term deal that will last up to the 9th of January next year. These signings, albeit short term, will go a long way in trying to bring a ray of hope for the club’s fans who’ve endured a torrid transfer in which some of their top players left as the club tried to raise as much money as they could.

Their financial struggles led them to be put on administration at the end of last season, which led to their relegation. Therefore, the arrival of Keane, a proven goalscorer, could make the fans hope that their beloved club could do something this season. Keane will join Otabor and Clarke as they try to turn the club’s fortunes around.

Otabor, a Nigerian who came through the Crystal Palace academy, joined the club when they were facing the agony of relegation. Wigan have began their campaign in the English third-tier badly losing to Ipswich Town and Gillingham.

However, they gave themselves a boost by winning against Portsmouth and Doncaster Rovers. Otabor’s performances in these matches were good enough for the team to extend his contract. He joined the club at the same time with English midfielder Gardner. The fans will be relying on their star men to carry their team through these challenging times.

With some days remaining in the transfer window for British clubs, the club could try to look for other free agents who could be willing to come in and help steady the ship. Another new arrival is defender Darnell Johnson from Leicester City on loan until January. Perhaps reports of a Spanish investor taking over the club, if true, could be what the fans have been waiting to hear all this while.

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Update for Supporters: 30/09/2020 https://www.wiganathleticsupportersclub.co.uk/update-for-supporters-300920/ Wed, 30 Sep 2020 16:36:33 +0000 https://www.wiganathleticsupportersclub.co.uk/?p=14420

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Update for Supporters: 30/09/2020

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Good Luck Callum McManaman

Cal moves to Aus
Former Wigan Athletic winger Callum McManaman has moved down under and joined Australian side Melbourne Victory.

The 29-year-old played 133 times for Latics across two spells, scoring 18 goals in the process.

read more

FSA Response to “Project Big Picture”

FSA don’t pull any punches
Earlier today it was reported that clubs at the top of the Premier League had been planning in secret to pursue a wide-ranging restructure of the English footballing pyramid named “Project Big Picture”.

read more

Supporters Update 3/09/20

We are pleased to share the news that an unnamed bidder has now progressed to the next stage of exclusivity with the joint administrators. Although there remains a long way to go in this process, the Supporters Club has made contact with the bidder and we are currently in discussions regarding the future involvement of the supporters at Wigan Athletic, should their bid be successful.

At this stage the bidder can not be named. However we will continue to keep you up to date with progress as often as we are able, and we hope to share more news regarding the next stages of the process over the coming days.

From all the team at Wigan Athletic Supporters Club.

 

 

 

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Gerald Krasner V 29/09/2020 https://www.wiganathleticsupportersclub.co.uk/gerald-krasner-v-29-09-2020/ Wed, 30 Sep 2020 06:37:31 +0000 https://www.wiganathleticsupportersclub.co.uk/?p=14410

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Gerald Krasner V 29/09/2020

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Good Luck Callum McManaman

Cal moves to Aus
Former Wigan Athletic winger Callum McManaman has moved down under and joined Australian side Melbourne Victory.

The 29-year-old played 133 times for Latics across two spells, scoring 18 goals in the process.

read more

FSA Response to “Project Big Picture”

FSA don’t pull any punches
Earlier today it was reported that clubs at the top of the Premier League had been planning in secret to pursue a wide-ranging restructure of the English footballing pyramid named “Project Big Picture”.

read more

The fifth meeting with Gerald Krasner took place this evening, Tuesday 29/09/20. The telephone call lasted 38 minutes.

Rumours

The Americans have gone for good, but there are ‘other’ Americans interested.

 

I don’t know of any Dutch interest, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t one, because we’ve sent out 106 NDAs now and we’ve dealt with 22 bidders so far.

 

EFL

I’ve no complaints with the EFL, they’ve kept to the rules, they’ve let us trade it on, they want Wigan to survive, they’re actually talking to day about money distribution. If there is any money coming down it won’t be for us now, but will be for the new owners.

 

The EFL are in regular contact, I had a phone call with them yesterday, which I’m not going into because it is highly confidential, but they have expressed no concern at this current moment in time. They are in weekly contact.

 

Running Costs

We have a monthly cost of £600K, of which the wages are £217K, without a buyer, or EFL intervention, as I said previously, we won’t make Christmas.

 

Alan Nixon Interview

I would accept that Mr Nixon gave a very fair and balanced interview from the fans point of view, using a lot of information that was in the public arena or that had been given to him ,off the record despite NDAs’ unfortunately the people giving him this information didn’t give him the full picture on what the bids actually were. With regards to the fees, the club aren’t paying the fees and we still haven’t drawn a penny yet.  

 

But in fairness it was a good interview and it shows he understands what has gone on, he’s been used by the Americans and he’s used them for stories, that’s what journalists do.

 

More Bids For Players?

We aren’t looking to sell anymore, what you have to bear in mind is some of the sales, and we’ve sold all the valuable ones I accept, is due to the players themselves handing in transfer requests in writing and we can’t refuse it. It’s not thaw eve sold them, we’ve had a request from the players, they didn’t want to play on lower wages.

 

There are no bids sitting on the table for any of the players left in the squad, we need to put a team out so there is no one left that we can sell.

 

Administrations

I’ve had a look in previous administrations how long it took to sell the football clubs, Bolton was two and half months, Bournemouth was over a year, Port Vale was roughly a year, Stockport a year, Bolton is the only one to be quicker and we’ve been here just 3 months on Thursday. So despite what people may feel, this isn’t dragging on.

 

Previous Owners

The fact that they wouldn’t put any more money in, is not a crime, it’s morally irreprehensible, but it’s not a crime.

 

Of all the people that have come to me, maybe one has been a Wigan fan, the others? It’s just a vehicle to do something, that’s how it’s looked on. You don’t find Dave Whelans anymore.

 

Sharpey’s

I’m going to tell you how much we’re going to be getting for the Chippy, that’s confidential, but also we haven’t sold it yet and we may not sell it, we haven’t decided yet. We’ve had a good bid, but whether we will break it up, it isn’t like the other training ground (Euxton), everyone we spoke to wanted that and to sell it on at a profit, not one bidder was looking at that as a training ground for Wigan, so criticise me for selling it, but I’ve sold it and there are reasons for selling it, to get the offer price down. 

 

If the Chippy is sold separately it will go into the property company. But it may have to fund some of the shortfall in the football club, we’ve got a loss in the football club of £3m.

 

Players Coming Out Of Contracts

I don’t deal with the players, its Paul Stanley who deals with that side of the admin, he liaises with the manager and the players.

 

Bidders

Since yesterday morning it’s changed, I’ve lost one and gained one, we’ve got that many contracts out because they all want different things, surely someone is going to sign, that’s not borne out of hope, that’s my gut feel after all these years of doing it, when I can’t say, I get emails every day, but things change rapidly, though the people who came in yesterday morning are still there, that hasn’t changed overnight. I emailed them the NDA and it was back in 2 minutes, very quick, doing their due diligence on the club in the data room all day today. I’m very optimistic.

 

As soon as there is something definite, by that I mean money shown and signature I won’t wait to call a press conference, I will just announce it, I will put it on the website, do a press release, but even then from what they are telling me, is none of the bidders what their identity disclosed in any way.

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Gerald Krasner Interview Number 4 https://www.wiganathleticsupportersclub.co.uk/gerald-krasner-interview-number-4/ Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:15:18 +0000 https://www.wiganathleticsupportersclub.co.uk/?p=14389

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Gerald Krasner Interview Number 4

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Good Luck Callum McManaman

Cal moves to Aus
Former Wigan Athletic winger Callum McManaman has moved down under and joined Australian side Melbourne Victory.

The 29-year-old played 133 times for Latics across two spells, scoring 18 goals in the process.

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FSA Response to “Project Big Picture”

FSA don’t pull any punches
Earlier today it was reported that clubs at the top of the Premier League had been planning in secret to pursue a wide-ranging restructure of the English footballing pyramid named “Project Big Picture”.

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Barry’s 4th interview with Gerald Krasner

The fourth meeting with Gerald Krasner took place this evening, Tuesday 22/09/20. The telephone call lasted 46 minutes.

 

Callum Lang (question from week 3 that got missed) I needed to save the outflow of wages, the wages were really costing the club so we had to make some savings.

 

League 1 & 2 Being Cancelled if the reported cancellation did come about it would create turmoil , but only the High Court could stop the administration process, I don’t see what cancelling the season would achieve really, you’re going to alienate millions of people who are fans, you’re not going to save certain costs that are there anyway, like rates, stadium costs and stuff – and it will be up to the Government, the Premier League and the EFL to come up with a package and the players would have to take reduced wages.

 

So the administration process would carry on but under an even worse scenario.

 

American Bid I tried to explain, in my statement why I turned down the American offer, the Americans have gone public on this more than once and it gives me the right to respond in public, unless we pay £3.3m  of administration expenses , we cannot pay the creditors 25p in the £ in law.

 

If the Americans want to bring that bid back and would deal with the creditors themselves I’m telling you it would be seriously looked at.

 

It’s come back to me, rightly or not, that the Americans were surprised that we rejected, they thought we’d make a counter offer, but we’ve laid out where we are and I have to meet a minimum standard, they got to waive in their offer the creditors position. They either up the bid by £1.3m or if they’re tied for cash on day one, the best thing to do is offer me is £2.7m and they pay the creditors £1.8m over three years, roughly, but that incurs a 15 point poenalty.

 

Bidders  Put Off Everybody has called me a liar on this, but I am an officer of the court and I cannot lie as I would be hauled before the courts, I had a bidder that I met, I had physically gone somewhere to meet, they are very rich, let’s just say that money was not the problem, they were going to bid just under £4m but were going to put £4m in their solicitors account, I spoke to their solicitor who said he’d got instructions that on Monday, he’d given his bank account details to them, he said to me that they had to have complete anonymity and this stage, until their bid was accepted by the EFL they were not going to go public. There was a very good reason for this which I cannot disclose.

 

When Nixon put that article account, not only them but every other bidder was onto me “what’s this, your selling for £2 million”, now this wasn’t the fans fault but Nixon not phoning up checking a story. At that stage we’d had no bid from America for £2million. We didn’t get it for another four days, so how does he know it’s coming?

 

These people (bidders) have got professionals monitoring the websites and social media to see what’s going on, Monday morning I got a phone call from their agent saying that they were having a rethink due to publicity and they never transferred the money. They’ve now gone and definitely not in the bidding and not coming back.

 

You can imagine how I felt, they had the contract, they said if we put the money in can we have exclusivity, I said no because there are other contracts out but once the money is in they are ready to sign the contract. That was the leading bid of three at the time.

 

His (Alan Nixon) job is to get a story, his responsibility is to check there is an element of truth in it, that’s what I’m saying.

 

Finance/Debt  No we wouldn’t finish the season if no buyer came in, there are too many things that can effect it for me to give you a date, it’s not Christmas, it’s before Christmas in my opinion.

 

What do we owe? We have written off £25m the best estimate is £5.2m at the moment, which is why 25p is £1.3m (which must be paid), now there are creditors in the other companies , but I don’t have to pay them anything at this moment but I may have to do after.

 

Will we put a definitive amount owed on the website? No. The absolute cost depends on whether they are paying the creditors or not, this is explained in the discussion about the American bid previously. £4 million with the creditors paid by us, or £2.7 million and the new owners pay the creditors themselves.

 

Euxton There is a tax problem with the Euxton sale, it is in the books at £650K everybody knows it cost more than that. Anything we sold it for over £650K we’ve got a tax bill to sort out on it. We have also got creditors on the other companies and yes half of the Euxton money, but not all of it, will be used for fees. It wasn’t sold for that reason , originally it would have gone back to the Cayman Islands that money, but the owners have waived it and said we will guarantee your fee, our property companies will pay them. None of our fees will go to the football club – and I keep saying this – the legal fees is for the appeal, no other professional fees for us or the lawyers will go to the Football Club.

 

If we hadn’t done what we’d done and sold Euxton the Football Club still wouldn’t have seen the money because it would’ve gone to the Cayman Islands.  I’m not denying that some of that (Euxton) money will have to be used for our fees and lawyers fees.

 

Peter Risdale I followed Risdale at Leeds United, he’s not a friend of mine despite what he says, he is a very smooth talker, but saying it (Euxton) is worth £10 million is for his own fans (PNE) consumption.

 

Michael Danson (Wigan Warriors investor) hasn’t been approached by us.

 

Streaming the games into the ground may have been possible up until today

 

Dean Watson going to the Ipswich game, all necessary precautions always undertaken

 

Transfer Fees The bidders see the individual transfer fees but not all being made public, though they will be totalled on report.

 

Bad News If there ever is going to be bad news I won’t bbe putting it on the website I will come down face to face to give and to answer questions, that isn’t a plan, it isn’t, but I’m not going to run away and only come for good news.

 

Fire Sale There hasn’t been a fire sale, we turned down bids for players. Let’s deal with this and the Add Ons. We came in on the 1st July knowing nothing, first thing we ask “have Junes wages been paid” no. So we’ve got 28 days to pay the wages otherwise the entire team could walk and then it’s not a fire sale it’s close the club.

 

So what do we do, we sell immediately two youth players and doubled the original bids that have been received, one of them before we were appointed. Brrighton had made the offer, we got double the money in the end. Forget the add-ons, then we sell Gelhardt to Leeds because we were coming u[ to July’s wages .

 

The most important things were to get money to pay wages, the bill, including ground staff was in excess of £1m a month even after furlough monies were received. But there was the deferrals from March which had to be paid, and after the end of the season, everyone who was out of contract, or lefty, was entitled to an extra month’s salary at Championship rates.

 

So we had to sell players to meet that commitment for the three months, now we’re in the middle of Covid no clubs are getting any income, including the Premier League, if we sold any player before the transfer window came in we couldn’t get the money to pay the wages unless we sold to a Premier League club. The only people who are going to pay reasonable money are Premier League and top half of the Championship.

 

What we have done is refuse bid after bid to get what’s known as the add-ons, Gelhardt for example went for £800K but there are £1m of potential add-ons on that contract, the other players we’ve sold have add-ons worth up to £7m.

 

Strictly that money will come to us as administrators what we have said is that we need the first £250K as a buffer and we will sell you the rest for £1. So any new owner going forward over the next five years can expect a steady stream of income all things being equal, you won’t get full amount but certainly £1m+.

 

The buffer, we’ve had to make some assumptions of how much we need to pay everybody, the revenue haven’t put a claim in m  we think that there is some they haven’t claimed yet, so we have to make allowances here and there,  that’s the buffer. If we don’t spend that 250 we’ve told all the bidders “you’ll get it back”.

 

The add-ons are appearances, sell ons etc. A lot of people don’t understand football insolvency and it needs explaining that this is a vital asset going to the new owners.

 

Our fees aren’t negotiable, they are approved by creditors. Are our fees negotiable? I don’t think we are going to get all our fees, let’s put it that way.

 

We did a deal with the owners on the basis that if it didn’t work out we could do a million pounds worth of work and not get paid a penny. Our fees are dependent on selling the club, if we don’t sell it we’re in trouble.

 

Just to reiterate, debt is £5.2m @25p (£1.3m) owing and £3m is the revenue. Sale – £2.7m with them paying the creditors or £4m with admin paying the creditors.

 

Conflicting Statements We have been accused of putting out conflicting statements, Paul Stanley was taken out of context in a telephone call with the Guardian newspaper, he was asked an innocuous question, he was explaining like Macclesfield and Bury what happens if we don’t sell the club, he’s not saying this is a Macclesfield, things are taken out of context, headlines do not mean what he said.

 

 

 

Everyday we are talking to the bidders either by phone, email or via meetings, it’s a non-stop process, but as of today it hasn’t progressed to where someone is going to sign a contract.

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RIP Roy “Spike” Highton 1960 – 2020 https://www.wiganathleticsupportersclub.co.uk/rip-spike/ Wed, 23 Sep 2020 09:43:42 +0000 https://www.wiganathleticsupportersclub.co.uk/?p=14381

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RIP Roy “Spike” Highton 1960 – 2020

Supporters Club News

Good Luck Callum McManaman

Cal moves to Aus
Former Wigan Athletic winger Callum McManaman has moved down under and joined Australian side Melbourne Victory.

The 29-year-old played 133 times for Latics across two spells, scoring 18 goals in the process.

read more

FSA Response to “Project Big Picture”

FSA don’t pull any punches
Earlier today it was reported that clubs at the top of the Premier League had been planning in secret to pursue a wide-ranging restructure of the English footballing pyramid named “Project Big Picture”.

read more

RIP Spike

It is with sadness that we share the news of the passing of Roy “Spike” Highton, who was Treasurer of the Supporters Club for over 30 years.   

At Springfield Park a small band of stalwart Latics fans became the first independent providers of travel to away games for supporters. Very quickly the Official Supporters Club was formed and years of away travel, legendary weekenders and social events began.  Spike was a founding member of the first committee of the Supporters Club. 

Spike was famous for his organisation of weekend trips for away games… organising a pub lunch on the way down and some of the most unique hotel stopovers ever seen! From the Torquay Wigan Takeover in 1997 to London stays on Tottenham Court Road. Hundreds, if not thousands of fans have made so many memories during these trips. 

As Treasurer of WASC Spike was also famous for his frugality. When the Supporters Club reunited the Three Amigos for a sportsman’s dinner at the stadium, Spike of course booked them economy plane tickets. But also insisted that a committee member picked them up from the airport, rather than using a taxi. The three amigos squashed into a Nissan Micra was a sight to behold!

Spike was an amazing treasurer and was at heart of Wigan Athletic Supporters Club. He liaised with Eavesway Travel to organise the coaches. He impossibly balanced the books every season so that the coach travel ALWAYS broke even, despite midweek trips to Millwall with 14 people on a 54 seater coach. He was known by everyone at Latics.  

With his wife Pam they enjoyed their 6 grandchildren and spending time with their family at their caravan at weekends. As a former RAF man and helicopter technician for 18 years, Spike was proud of his service and his Memorial Paver will make its way to the National Arboretum in the coming weeks.

Spike was a loyal, loving friend to so many.  As part of the Supporters Club he worked tirelessly on behalf of the fans and his aim was always to represent them and provide opportunities for them to engage with their Football Club.  As a result he has hundreds of friends at Latics.  He was so disappointed at the recent administration and even during his illness he kept in touch with everything going on, offering advice and support to the rest of the committee.   

Everyone at the Supporters Club is devastated by his loss and things will never be the same without him.  He is irreplaceable and so many people will miss him so much. Our thoughts are with Pam and his family and his memory will live on in the Supporters Club forever.  

To our much loved friend Spike, who has gone up to the Supporters Club in the sky.

1960-2020 

 

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