There was sad news in the football world this week when it was announced that Wigan had gone into administration and were facing a 12-point deduction.
That news came on Wednesday and garnered an outpouring of support from fans of all clubs.
Championship Club Wigan go into administration. Facing a 12 point deduction which would put them bottom of the table as it stands on 38 points which is 4 from safety. Paul Cook’s side have won all 3 games since the restart. #lufc
— Adam Pope (@apopey) July 1, 2020
However, Wigan might just be the first of other Championship sides who slide into administration because of the crisis caused by the Coronavirus outbreak.
Sun journalist Justin Allen dropped the bad news on Thursday when he said, “The # administrator has just said that there are 12 interested parties in buying the club but expects 30 in total. He also says one other # Championship club is in serious risk of going into administration before the season is out.”
The current season is due to end in less than three weeks.
The #Wigan administrator has just said that there are 12 interested parties in buying the club but expects 30 in total. He also says one other #EFL Championship club is in serious risk of going into administration before the season is out. #wafc
— Justin Allen (@justinallen1976) July 2, 2020
Leeds must escape Championship
There were plenty of warnings about EFL clubs going bust after the Coronavirus outbreak but there were many clubs running the gauntlet before the football world was plunged into crisis.
The outbreak has seen a financial implosion within the EFL, with clubs losing valuable matchday revenue with games in the Championship being played behind closed doors.
Before the season resumed Fleetwood chairman Andrew Pilley said, “I fear for the future of football, though. We’re in desperate need of a rescue package. This is stage one on how to complete the season, but we have to have a rescue package, whether that’s from the government or the Premier League.
“Clubs, including Championship clubs, need help otherwise we have to fear for the very future of football.” [The Football Show, Sky Sports, Tuesday June 9, 9am]
Wigan is the first high-profile victim in the Championship but they could be followed by another within weeks if Allen’s claim is correct. And there’s still no hint of a rescue package, which is a disgrace.
Leeds are on the brink of escape from the EFL and close to unlocking the riches of the Premier League.
However, this just shows how important it is, with the very fabric of the club as we know it depending on promotion.
That’s not hyperbole but reality, with wages that are unsustainable in the Championship and uncertainty as to when fans will be back in Elland Road.
Six games to go, six points between us and Brentford in third. It’s still too close for our liking.
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