Wigan Athletic have been placed into administration, with administrators saying buyers are being “urgently” sought to save the club.

Paul Stanley, Gerald Krasner and Dean Watson from Begbies Taylor have been appointed as joint administrators of the club.

Krasner said the coronavirus pandemic has had a detrimental impact on Wigan’s finances, adding: “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.”
He added:

“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 Latics are currently 14th in the Championship with six matches left to play. They have won all three of their games since the league’s restart last month, without conceding a goal, and sit eight points above the relegation zone.

The EFL confirmed on Wednesday that Wigan will be subject to a 12-point deduction at the end of this season if they finish outside the Championship’s bottom three. If the Latics finish inside the relegation places, the 12-point deduction will apply to their 2020-21 League One season.

Wigan were in the Premier League as recently as 2013, and won the FA Cup for the first time in their history in the same year beating Manchester City.


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